Category Archives: Interviews

Roundup: From Goldfinger to What’s Become of Waring?

–The Guardian has announced the death earlier this month of actress Margaret Nolan (1943-2020). She had …a noticeable role in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night (as the girl accompanying Wilfrid Brambell in a casino), and the James Bond … Continue reading

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Nicholas Shakespeare Interviewed on ABC

The Australian network ABC has posted a podcast of its literary program The Bookshelf that Made Me. This is intended to go beyond the constraints of its broadcast version, and its first guest is Nicholas Shakespeare. He is best known … Continue reading

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Roundup: Agony Aunts and Metroland

–In the Daily Telegraph, Rowan Pelling muses over whether novelists would make good advice to the lovelorn “agony aunts”. Pelling has always thought Edith Wharton would be excellent and notes that Simone de Beauvoir and Anaïs Nin in fact functioned … Continue reading

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Waugh Night on BBC Four and Queer Stately Homes

–The BBC has announced the TV programming for next week that will include two Evelyn Waugh events on Thursday, 27 August. The first will be a rebroadcast of the 2008 theatrical film version of Brideshead Revisited, co-produced by the BBC … Continue reading

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Bastille Day Roundup

—The Australian newspaper’s “Media Watch Dog” column cites its previous mention of Evelyn Waugh’s Scoop where the snobbery of the leftie journalist Pappenhacker was revealed. Waugh’s line was that a wealthy communist university-educated chap named Pappenhacker believed that the best … Continue reading

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4th of July Roundup

–Duncan McLaren has added a coda to his recent posting about Waugh’s friendship (if that’s the right word) with Cyril Connolly. Duncan’s article is entitled “Cyril in Full Flow” and  is based on a visit Cyril made to Berlin in … Continue reading

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Brideshead @ 75: Castle Howard, The Spectator, BBC

Today is the 75th anniversary of the first book publication of Brideshead Revisited. Chapman & Hall and the Book Society jointly issued the book in London on 28 May 1945. The occasion has been marked in several recent events: –Castle … Continue reading

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Monsignor Rittig Revisited

The Zagreb newspaper Večernji list has published an interview of the writer and religion scholar Margareta Matijevic who has recently written a book about the Yugoslav priest and  politician Svetozar Rittig. From what I can gather from the computerized translation … Continue reading

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Evelyn Waugh and “Sylvia Scarlett”

The Turner Classic Movies channel will tomorrow broadcast the 1935 George Cukor adaptation of Compton MacKenzie’s 1918 novel The Early Life and Adventures of Sylvia Scarlett. Waugh came close to adapting the screenplay for the film. According to TCM’s notes … Continue reading

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Waugh’s V-E Day

Milena Borden has forwarded the following article to commemorate the 75th anniversary of V-E Day as experienced by Evelyn Waugh: A few days before the Victory in Europe (V-E Day), which marked the formal end of Hitler’s war, Waugh was … Continue reading

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