Category Archives: Non-fiction

Waugh’s Ash Wednesdays

On this Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Western Christian Churches, the National Catholic Register has posted an article recounting how Evelyn Waugh and his colleague Fr Ronald Knox observed the occasion. Here’s the Waugh version: He … Continue reading

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Presidents’ Day Roundup

—The London Magazine has posted two articles from its recent offerings that comment on Evelyn Waugh. The first is from an unsigned Poetry and Politics column: Contemporary parliamentarians, in my experience, are not specially attuned to contemporary verse. There are … Continue reading

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Jonathan Raban 1942-2023: R.I.P.

The death earlier this week of Jonathan Raban has been announced. He was a well known British-born writer of travel books and novels, although according to several of his obituaries he objected to his works being labelled  “travel books”. The … Continue reading

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Winter Solstice Roundup

–This letter appeared in a recent issue of The Times newspaper: DECLARATION OF WAUGH Sir, The late Duchess of Devonshire showed me a book given to her by the Roman Catholic Evelyn Waugh, having an inscription by him along the … Continue reading

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Book Launch in Oxford for “Handful” and “Campion”

Lincoln College, Oxford has announced an event for early next month. It is entitled “From Despair to Faith: Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust and Edmund Campion“.  Here are the details: You are warmly invited to a discussion, with Clare … Continue reading

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Roundup: “The Waste Land” Centenary

–The centenary of T S Eliot’s The Waste Land has been marked in several print and broadcast media. The Washington Post notes the poem’s appearance in Brideshead Revisited: First published in the inaugural October 1922 issue of Eliot’s literary magazine, the Criterion, … Continue reading

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A Tale of Three Novelists: Heygate, Waugh and Williamson

A copy of Evelyn Waugh’s first printed book changed hands last month. This was one of 50 copies of P.R.B: An Essay on the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, 1847-1854 printed on order in 1926 by a Stratford firm where Waugh’s friend Alastair … Continue reading

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Roundup: Inez, Cecil and Paddington Bear

–In this week’s New Statesman, D J Taylor reviews the life and work of Inez Holden, an early friend of Evelyn Waugh in the days of the bright young people. The article opens with this: Inez Holden’s diary – a … Continue reading

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New Complete Works Volumes Announced

Oxford University Press has announced a new round of volumes in its ongoing Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. These include the following: Robbery Under Law, v. 15, ed. Michael G Brennan This is the first fully annotated critical edition of … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh Studies, No. 53.1 (Spring 2022)

The latest issue of  the society’s journal Evelyn Waugh Studies has been distributed to the members and is now posted at this link. Here is a description of the contents as set forth in the cover letter: 1. Thomas J. … Continue reading

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