Tag Archives: Christopher Sykes

Summer Solstice Roundup

–A new biography has been written of Lord Beaverbrook, primary model for Lord Copper in Waugh’s novel Scoop. This is reviewed by Richard Davenport-Hines in the current TLS. The review opens with this: There have been previous biographies of the … Continue reading

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More Letters

Bonhams the auction house has announced another batch of letters that will be of interest to Waugh enthusiasts. See yesterday’s post. These are letters written to Waugh by Ronald Knox in the period 1944-57. ¬†They are not in the BL’s … Continue reading

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Long-Missing Waugh Letter for Sale

Peter Harrington Booksellers are offering the original of a 24 January 1958 letter from Evelyn Waugh to Nancy Mitford. The letter was published in full in the Christopher Sykes biography (Penguin, p. 525) but had gone missing when Charlotte Mosley … Continue reading

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Ritchie-Hook Model Appears in New Book

Writing in the Irish Times, author Mark Felton describes one of the British officers who appear in his new book as the model for Evelyn Waugh’s eccentric Ben Ritchie-Hook in his Sword of Honour trilogy. This is Brigadier-General Adrian Carton … Continue reading

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Brideshead and Yorkshire in the News

Several photos from the rehearsals of the stage production of Brideshead Revisited have been posted on What’s On Stage. The photos include members of the cast, indentifying their parts, as well as of the director, Damian Cruden, and playwright, Bryony … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Religion

In the current issue of the U.K. paper The Catholic Herald, an article (“Seduced by the ‘Devil’ Hitler” by Francis Phillips) opens with a familiar quote from Evelyn Waugh: There is a well-known story about the novelist Evelyn Waugh. He … Continue reading

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