Tag Archives: Literary Review

Not Wanted: Coronavirus Novels (At Least, Not Yet)

In the latest issue of Literary Review, literary critic and novelist D J Taylor has an article entitled “Why I Won’t Be Writing a Coronavirus Novel”. This begins with his fears that some half baked ideas may already be forming … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Journalism

The Literary Review in its latest newsletter has reposted Geoffrey Wheatcroft’s 1984 review of Donat Gallagher’s collection of Waugh’s journalism, Essays, Articles and Reviews. The publication of that collection and Wheatcroft’s review were contemporaneous with Martin Stannard’s Critical Heritage and … Continue reading

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Daisy Waugh’s New Novel Reviewed

Several papers have published advanced reviews of Daisy Waugh’s new book In the Crypt with a Candlestick. This will be published later this month. See earlier post for report of an interview. Here’s the review by Natasha Cooper in the … Continue reading

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Socialites to Socialists: Inez Holden and Nancy Mitford

Two books in the news were written by or about two of Waugh’s friends and fellow writers: Inez Holden and Nancy Mitford. As explained in reviews of those books, both progressed from upper-class to left-wing political views: –Novelist and critic … Continue reading

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Early September Roundup

–Waugh biographer Selina Hastings has reviewed D J Taylor’s recent literary history Lost Girls in the Literary Review. See earlier posts. Her review concludes with this: In Lost Girls, Taylor presents a colourful portrait of this fascinating, sophisticated and highly … Continue reading

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Waugh and “Mrs Bluefeet” in New Book

The latest Literary Review has an essay by novelist and literary critic D J Taylor about what he calls “biographer’s luck”. The was inspired by his latest biography to be published next month in the UK. An American edition entitled The … Continue reading

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Auberon (More)

The Oldie magazine continues its reposting of Auberon Waugh’s “Rage” columns from its early issues. The latest relates to his thoughts on “Yoof” culture of the 1990s.  Here’s a sample: Nothing will be solved by giving them more money, nor … Continue reading

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D J Taylor Reviews the Complete Works

In the current issue of Literary Review, literary critic and novelist D J Taylor reviews the first four volumes of Evelyn Waugh’s Complete Works. The review, entitled “Author of Himself”, manages to be at the same time thorough, scholarly and … Continue reading

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Anthony Blanche and Patrick Leigh Fermor

The current Literary Review carries a review by Harry Mount of the collected letters of Patrick Leigh Fermor. These were just published in the UK under the title Dashing for the Post. Among Leigh Fermor’s correspondents were several of Waugh’s close … Continue reading

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Eade Biography in Literary Review

Ian Sansom, novelist and Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick, has reviewed the new Waugh biography in the current Literary Review. He is a bit more upbeat than some of the earlier reviewers: Unexpectedly, yet … Continue reading

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