Tag Archives: Nancy Mitford

U and Non-U in TLS

The U and Non-U debate about social class distinctions that raged (if that’s the correct word) in the 1950s has resurfaced in the TLS. This appears in its N.B. column that is written by J. C. (believed to be James … Continue reading

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Long-Missing Waugh Letter for Sale

Peter Harrington Booksellers are offering the original of a 24 January 1958 letter from Evelyn Waugh to Nancy Mitford. The letter was published in full in the Christopher Sykes biography (Penguin, p. 525) but had gone missing when Charlotte Mosley … Continue reading

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Weekend Roundup–Friends at a Distance: Mitford/Waugh Letters

An article on the books blog The Captive Reader is effectively a new review of The Letters of Nancy Mitford & Evelyn Waugh first published in 1996. This is written by “Claire of Vancouver” and opens with this: Mitford and … Continue reading

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Waugh and the Honours List

Twice a year (on the Queen’s Birthday and New Years) the London papers can be expected to drag out their list of those who in the past have rejected honours offered them just as the papers announce the latest list of … Continue reading

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Baltimore Sun Quotes Waugh on Useage

In his Baltimore Sun column entitled “You Don’t Say” (about language, useage, etc.), John McIntyre quotes a paragraph from a letter Evelyn Waugh wrote to Nancy Mitford in which Waugh comments on an article she wrote for Encounter magazine on the … Continue reading

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Country Life Revisits “U and Non-U” Controversy

Country Life magazine has published an article reviewing the “U and Non-U” speech controversy 60 years since it raged in the 1950s after it was publicized by Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, inter alia,  in the collection of essays published … Continue reading

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Waugh Lecture on Friendship with Nancy Mitford

Lancing College has posted a report on the annual Evelyn Waugh Lecture which was presented last week at the college by Selina Hastings:  Selina’s subject for her talk was the literary and epistolary relationship between Waugh and his lifetime friend, … Continue reading

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Waugh’s Religion

In the current issue of the U.K. paper The Catholic Herald, an article (“Seduced by the ‘Devil’ Hitler” by Francis Phillips) opens with a familiar quote from Evelyn Waugh: There is a well-known story about the novelist Evelyn Waugh. He … Continue reading

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Heywood Hill Bookstore Still Thriving

The Mayfair bookstore where Waugh was a customer and his friend Nancy Mitford was a manager is profiled in this week’s New York Times “T” magazine (“Shelf Life” p. 196). This is the Heywood Hill book store, in an article by Sarah … Continue reading

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U and Non-U Updated

In a posting on the academic weblog The Conversation, Professor of English Language and Literature at Oxford, Simon Horobin, has updated Nancy Mitford’s 1955 essay on class distinctions of usage in English speech and manners. Waugh’s contribution to the public debate … Continue reading

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