Tag Archives: Duncan McLaren

World Cup Roundup

–A recent book with a Waugh theme was listed (with reservations) among the Daily Telegraph year’s best biographies: Daisy Dunn’s Not Far From Brideshead (W&N, £20) is less satisfactory. What should be a dynamite intellectual history of how three great classicists – Gilbert … Continue reading

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Summer Bank Holiday Roundup

–D J Taylor in the latest issue of Literary Review has written a review of the new biography by Patrick Donovan. This is entitled Arnold Bennett: Last Icon. It was mentioned in a previous post.  Here’s an excerpt from the … Continue reading

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Waugh Website Expansion

Duncan McLaren has rearranged his Waugh website in order to accommodate new entries. This involves creation of a new website where he will include all material relating to Waugh’s war and postwar life and writings (from 1939). Original material relating … Continue reading

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Harold and Robert and Evelyn

The latest issue of Valet magazine (No. 4) has an article by Waugh biographer and Waugh Society member Duncan McLaren entitled “An Oxford Cartoon”. As he explains in the introductory paragraphs, it is inspired by a drawing that accompanies the … Continue reading

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Columbus Day Roundup

—The Independent newspaper collected from its readers book titles that played on the titles of older books. These were published in a recent article by John Rentoul. One of Waugh’s was selected: 8. The Decline and Fall of the British Empire, … Continue reading

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Smoke Signals from Waugh

Duncan McLaren has posted a lavishly illustrated photographic essay showing Waugh posing with pipe and cigar. Here’s a link. The pipe smoking photos seem to be post Oxford in the 1920s and the cigar smoking, post war. This leaves a … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Clothes Press

A new print-only publication the Valet Magazine carries a feature-length article entitled “Waugh’s Last Hat”. This is written by Waugh biographer and weblogger Duncan McLaren. As usual, Duncan combines his scholarship and wit in describing Waugh’s sartorial history. He includes … Continue reading

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Late Winter Roundup

–The Daily Mail has posted some excerpts from the new and unexpurgated edition of the diaries of Chips Channon. Two of these new entries involve comments of Channon about Evelyn Waugh: Evelyn Waugh – Sunday, December 16, 1934 Lunch was … Continue reading

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A Biography and A Portrait

–Waugh scholar and EW Society member Ann Pasternak Slater has written a new book relating to a writer Waugh admired but knew only slightly. This is a biography of T S Eliot’s wife Vivien. The book is reviewed by Brian … Continue reading

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Roundup: From Goldfinger to What’s Become of Waring?

–The Guardian has announced the death earlier this month of actress Margaret Nolan (1943-2020). She had …a noticeable role in the Beatles film A Hard Day’s Night (as the girl accompanying Wilfrid Brambell in a casino), and the James Bond … Continue reading

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