Category Archives: World War II

Evelyn Waugh Studies (Autumn 2019) Now Available

The latest edition of the society’s journal Evelyn Waugh Studies (Autumn 2019, No. 50.2) is now available. It can be accessed at this link. The contents are set out below: CONTENTS Brideshead Serialized: 75th Anniversary of Publication in Town & … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Christmas in Yugoslavia: 1944

Waugh spent Christmas in Dubrovnik, Yugoslavia, where he was sent after Belgrade fell to the Russians and Partisans. This is the 75th anniversary of that holiday celebration. He had to travel via Bari in Italy and arrived a few days … Continue reading

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TLS: Cities and Writers/Officers and Novelists

A few weeks ago, the TLS published an article by novelist William Boyd (“Footless giant: A visit to Kafka’s Prague”) about his recent trip to that city. It opens with this: …it being Prague, my thoughts turn almost instantly to … Continue reading

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Evelyn and Randolph in WWII Yugoslavia

In the new issue of the collected lectures of the British Studies seminar at the Unversity of Texas, there is a lecture entitled “Evelyn Waugh and Randolph Churchill in Yugoslavia”. This is by biographer and literary critic Jeffrey Meyers who … Continue reading

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75th Anniversary of Brideshead Airdrop

75 years ago today, the page proofs of Brideshead Revisited were dropped by parachute into Yugoslavia and retrieved by Evelyn Waugh. This event is recorded in his diary entry for Monday, 20 November 1944 (Diaries, p. 592). This is the … Continue reading

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Early October Roundup

–In the current issue of TLS, writer Henry Hitchins reviews the two recent collections of the writings of Auberon Waugh. The review, entitled “Like a fine whine”, opens with this: “Looking back over my career to date, and at all … Continue reading

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Wodehouse Memorial Dedicated in Westminster Abbey

Several papers carry the story of the dedication yesterday of a memorial plaque to P G Wodehouse in Westminster Abbey. This is from the Financial Times: Nestled above playwright Noël Coward and to the right of broadcaster Richard Dimbleby, a … Continue reading

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New French Edition of Waugh Wartime Diary

Later this week an edition of Waugh’s wartime diaries in French translation will be published. This is entitled Journal de guerre (1939-1945). It is translated by Julia Mayle and published by Les Belles Lettres. Boldly featured on the bottom of … Continue reading

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80th Anniversary of WWII

Today marks the 80th anniversary of the beginning of WWII when Nazi Germany invaded Poland. The attack fulfilled Evelyn Waugh’s expectations that a war was imminent after Germany and the Soviet Union signed a non-aggression pact the previous week. See … Continue reading

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Basil Seal Rides Yet Again

The Daily Telegraph has a review of a book entitled Master of Deception: The Wartime Adventures of Peter Fleming by Alan Ogden. This is about something called D Division (or “deception organization”) in the Inter-Services Liaison Department. Peter Fleming, Ian’s older … Continue reading

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