Category Archives: Newspapers

David Pryce-Jones’s Signed Books

Literary critic and historian David Pryce-Jones has written another memoir. This one is called Signatures: Literary Encounters of a Lifetime and consists of 90 memoirs of the authors of books in his collection which contain their signatures. In each case … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Selfie

In a recent post we mentioned Evelyn Waugh’s appearance in a response to  Spectator competition #3148-Selfie. This was set by Lucy Vickery in the 10,000th edition of the magazine: ‘Some famous painters are thought to have slipped small self-portraits into … Continue reading

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Stephen Tennant: Underachieving Novelist

The publicity surrounding the shuttered Cecil Beaton exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery (see earlier posts) has apparently stirred up interest in Beaton’s friend and sometime collaborator Stephen Tennant. The Paris Review has posted an article reviewing Tennant’s career, with … Continue reading

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Another Tourist in Africa

What is probably Evelyn Waugh’s least read book is A Tourist in Africa (1960). Cyril Connolly proclaimed it to be “quite the thinnest piece of book-making which Mr Waugh has undertaken.” The hardback copies were remaindered after his death and … Continue reading

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Roundup: Booklists Abound

There have been several lists of recommended books or TV adaptations published in the last week as the Wuhan coronavirus lockdown continues. A number of these have included works by Evelyn Waugh: –The Daily Telegraph published two “Top 100” lists … Continue reading

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Waugh Transformed

Simon Heffer in the Daily Telegraph has written an article entitled “How the Second World War transformed British literature”. The subject is a good bit more narrow than the title suggests. In fact, he considers primarily how WWII transformed the … Continue reading

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Not Wanted: Coronavirus Novels (At Least, Not Yet)

In the latest issue of Literary Review, literary critic and novelist D J Taylor has an article entitled “Why I Won’t Be Writing a Coronavirus Novel”. This begins with his fears that some half baked ideas may already be forming … Continue reading

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Wanted: Comic Novelists

Writing in the UK-based magazine The Critic, Alexander Larman bemoans the lack of comic novels in today’s literary marketplace. This is in an article entitled “Where is the Waugh or Wodehouse of our time? Comic writing: light distraction or social mirror?” … Continue reading

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V-E Day Roundup

–As the observance of the 75th anniversary of V-E Day approaches, the Daily Mail has posted in a slide show a collection of 1945 events that seemed to presage a return to a social system where class status was again … Continue reading

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Post-Pandemic Predictions: A Roundup

–David Aaronovitch writing in a recent issue of The Times posed the question what would be the cultural responses to the pandemic. This is in an article entitled “We’ll be free to enjoy the Roaring 2020s”. He thought the closest … Continue reading

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