Tag Archives: Guardian

Orwell News

George Orwell was born the same year as Evelyn Waugh and they became acquainted  in the late 1940s shortly before Orwell’s death. They admired each other’s writing but had different political and religious views (although both agreed in their opposition … Continue reading

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Elizabeth II (1926-2022) R.I.P.

The main story of the week is of course the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Waugh commented little about the monarchy,  but some of the papers found relevant references in his works. –Dominic Green writing in the Wall Street Journal … 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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Roundup: Inez, Cecil and Paddington Bear

–In this week’s New Statesman, D J Taylor reviews the life and work of Inez Holden, an early friend of Evelyn Waugh in the days of the bright young people. The article opens with this: Inez Holden’s diary – a … Continue reading

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4th of July Roundup

–It is reported in antiquestradegazette.com that the 1944 page proof edition of Brideshead Revisited from the William Reese collection sold at the Christie’s recent NY online auction for $23,940 (£19,050) including premiums.  Here’s a link. This was the copy that … Continue reading

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May Day Roundup

–The second part of Alexander Larman’s centenary recognition of Kingsley Amis has appeared in this month’s regular issue of The Critic. See previous post. He starts with an amusing description of Amis’s somewhat ramshackle acceptance of his Booker Prize for … Continue reading

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Roundup: Divorce, Cults and Lost Cities

—The Guardian recently posted a selection of books on difficult marriages in its “Top 10s” column. It is not surprising that a book by Evelyn Waugh on this topic made the list. Here’s the entry by Elizabeth Lowry: 3. A … Continue reading

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Valentine’s Day Roundup

–The Corydon (Indiana) Democrat recommends an Evelyn Waugh short story as a selection appropriate to be read on Valentine’s Day. This is “Bella Fleece Gives a Party”. The story will help the reader to “remember friends, loved ones” as is … Continue reading

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Midwinter Roundup

–Charles Moore writing in his miscellany column for The Spectator marks the upcoming 70th anniversary of the death of George VI: King George VI died in his sleep 70 years ago next week, after a day at Sandringham shooting hares … Continue reading

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Armistice Day Roundup

–Perhaps in anticipation of today’s commemoration, this week’s Sunday Times reviewed a new book by Max Hastings. This is Soldiers: Great Stories of War and Peace. Here’s an excerpt from the review: The anthology opens with biblical warriors (Joshua at … Continue reading

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