Category Archives: Evelyn Waugh

Groundhog Day Roundup

—The Economist started the week with a story headed by this discussion of a Waugh novel: Evelyn Waugh, a satirist of pre-war England and of the careless aristocrats who ran it, would have had a field day with the modern … Continue reading

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–Duncan McLaren sent over an interesting exchange relating to Waugh’s possible use of Peter Quennell as a model for characters in his novels. His an excerpt from the email that started it: Dear Mr McLaren, I am a reader of … 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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MLK Day Roundup

–The German-language paper Der Standart based in Austria has posted an article about Waugh’s book collecting. This is mostly devoted to a book previously discussed. Here is a translation of the text: You may know the British novelist Evelyn Waugh … Continue reading

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Roundup: Waugh Venues and School Envy

–The American print media have finally discovered the news about the sale of Piers Court. A brief article appears in the New Yorker entitled “For Sale: Evelyn Waugh’s Manor House, 8 BR/24 Acres/1 Waugh-Obsessed Tenant”. This begins with a summary … Continue reading

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New Year’s Roundup

–Discussions of Waugh’s taste in clothing have appeared in two recent blogs. One relates to tweed suits, something Waugh obviously admired and inadvertently promoted. Here is an excerpt from the “Grey Fox” website: The Italian word ‘sprezzatura’ perfectly describes that … Continue reading

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Christmas Roundup

–In The Times newspaper AN Wilson has written a seasonal essay entitled “How I stopped being a Christmas snob.” He begins with an explanation how he had become one: When a young man in my twenties, I devoured a biography … 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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Piers Court Sold at Auction

According to the auctioneers and several press reports, Piers Court sold yesterday for £3,160,000. Whether and how the new owners will take possession has not yet been fully explained. According to yesterday’s  Evening Standard “the eight-bedroom house has sold online … Continue reading

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Roundup: Piers Court Auction (yet more)

–The national quality press has finally picked up the story of the upcoming auction of Piers Court. The Guardian has posted an article by Rupert Neate which explains how the sale came about: The house was last sold for £2.9m … Continue reading

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