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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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Waugh Event in Cincinnati

The Mercantile Library in Cincinnati is sponsoring a series of lectures¬†and discussions moderated by independent writer and researcher Richard Lauf on the subject of Making Us Laugh: Four Comedic Literary Novels. The series will begin on Tuesday, 30 August at … Continue reading

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Esquire Lists Vile Bodies Among Top 20 Funniest Books

Esquire¬†magazine conducted a poll among comedians and writers to¬†name their funniest books and came up with a list of the top¬†20. Evelyn Waugh’s Vile Bodies (1930)¬†is included: It is a gift to the satirist to live in turbulent times but … Continue reading

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Jonathan Coe: What’s so funny about comic novels?

Evelyn Waugh barely gets a mention, but Jonathan Coe’s reflections in the Guardian on the comic novel are worth sharing: All of this leads us inevitably to PG Wodehouse, the elephant in my comic room, about whom I’ve been silent … Continue reading

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