Category Archives: World War II

Memoir of “The Loot”

David Platzer has written a memoir of his acquaintanceship with Stuart Preston who was well known during his military service days among Waugh and his friends in WWII London. The memoir, entitled “A Sergeant Abroad”, appears in the latest issue … Continue reading

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117th Anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s Birthday

On this 117th anniversary of Waugh’s birthday, we look back 80 years to see how he celebrated the occasion on 28 October 1940. This was nearly a year after he had joined the Royal Marines. He had arrived back from … Continue reading

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War Trilogy: Fake Novels and an Anniversary

In the latest issue of TLS, D J Taylor has written an essay on what he calls “Made-up Stories” or fake novels. What reminded him of the genre (if that’s what it is) was his recent re-reading of Anthony Powell’s … Continue reading

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Roundup: Boyd, Banville and Paper Hats

–Novelist William Boyd is interviewed in The Times by Robbie Millen. This is on the occasion of the publication of Boyd’s new novel Trio  which is about the creation of a film in the late 1960s. After establishing Boyd’s somewhat … Continue reading

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Roundup: 12 August 2020

–Digital magazine The Big Smoke–Australia has posted a story entitled: “Two literary sons an equal to their famous fathers.” This is by Loretta Barnard. The first successful father/son literary pairing she discusses is that of Alexandre Dumas and his son … 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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Waugh and the 1945 General Election

Waugh returned to England via Italy from his assignment in Yugoslavia on 15 March 1945. He devoted the last few weeks in Italy to stirring up opposition to the new Communist regime of Marshall Tito. He spent most of the … 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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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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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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