Tag Archives: Guardian

Roundup: Black Shorts and Literate Oenophiles

–Writing in America: The Jesuit Review, Rob Weinert-Kendt, journalist and editor of the American Theatre magazine, recalls how his life has been shaped by his reading and viewing of Brideshead Revisited as a teenager. He begins by putting the story … Continue reading

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Bullying in the House?

In the 1960 BBC interview of Evelyn Waugh in the Face to Face series, presenter John Freeman posed a series of questions about Waugh’s career at Oxford. Among them are these relating to his children: Q. Are any of your … Continue reading

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Birthday Roundup

Today marks the 115th anniversary of Evelyn Waugh’s birth on 28 October 1903. Several newspapers have marked the occasion in their “this day in history” columns, including the Daily Mail. Other matters of note include: –Another article about last week’s … Continue reading

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Labor Day Roundup

Spy writer Ben Macintyre was recently interviewed by the New York Times. To the question which book by another author do you wish you had written, he answered: I would love to have written “Scoop,” by Evelyn Waugh, that vicious … Continue reading

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Roundup: Vile Media

The magazine GQ India had an article about Asian-based novels satirizing Asian-based rich people. This opens with a reference to one of Waugh’s novels: It is an unassailable truth that where there is money, a thinly veiled roman-à-clef documenting the … Continue reading

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From African Kleptocracy to Spark’s Legacy

A feature length article in the Australian edition of the Spectator deals with the political flap over policy toward immigration of white South African farrmers into Australia. This is entitled “Kleptocracy on the Cape” by Thomas Jones and opens with … Continue reading

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Vile Bodies: Two Wins and a Loss

Esquire magazine has published a list of what it considers the “24 Funniest Books Ever Written” as compiled by Will Hersey. At number 6 is Waugh’s Vile Bodies (1930): …Evelyn Waugh brilliantly, hilariously, unflinchingly but always humanely pinions a society … Continue reading

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Céline, Muriel Spark and Lloyd Cole

Frederic Raphael is still best known for the TV adaptation of his own 1976 novel The Glittering Prizes, which is often compared with Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited. Indeed, it is not too much to say that the popular and critical success … Continue reading

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New Year’s Roundup

A recent review in The Times of Tina Brown’s new book The Vanity Fair Diaries opens with this: “Where you see zippy, zesty lesbian Jewesses bubbling with new ideas, I see plodding, ill-mannered, bottomlessly earnest boobies . . . I do not … Continue reading

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Wavian Roundup

—The Guardian reviews the new book by Nicholas Shakespeare, who wrote and directed the BBC’s 1980’s Arena TV documentary series known as The Waugh Trilogy. The book is entitled Six Minutes in May: How Churchill Unexpectedly Became Prime Minister and … Continue reading

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