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New British PM Also a Novelist (And a Waugh Fan)

The New York Times, in advance of Boris Johnson’s selection as new leader of the Conservative Party and Prime Minister, wrote a profile of his literary career. His book about Winston Churchill sold well and is still in print, but … Continue reading

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Biography of Orwell’s 1984

Today’s New York Times reviews what it describes as a biography of George Orwell’s novel 1984. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the novel’s publication on  8 June 1949 in London and a week later in New York. The book’s … Continue reading

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End-of-the-Month Roundup

–Today’s New York Times has an article about people who choose to have portraits of their houses painted rather than photographed: While landscape portraiture became a common endeavor for artists centuries ago, homes were rarely the principal subjects of the … Continue reading

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Midweek Roundup

–The New York Times reviews a new book about Los Angeles. This is David Kipen’s anthology, Dear Los Angeles: The City in Diaries and Letters, 1542 to 2018. According to the review this isn’t exactly a “rescue mission” for the much … Continue reading

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Guy Fawkes Night Roundup

As we approach Guy Fawkes Night in the UK, here is a miscellaneous gathering of Evelyn Waugh news items: –A new book by Antonia Fraser may have some relevance to Guy Fawkes Night (at least in exploring the “aggressive” roots … Continue reading

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Literary Criticism Gets Reviewed

In the current issue of Commonweal magazine, novelist and critic William Giraldi is interviewed by the magazine’s book columnist Anthony Domestico. Giraldi’s collection of essays and criticism American Audacity was publshed earlier this year. After a wide- ranging discussion of … Continue reading

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Weekend Roundup: Brideshead to the Fore

Two bloggers have posted reviews of the new Folio Society edition of Brideshead Revisited (mentioned in a previous post): –Adam on roofbeamreader.com was sent a review copy and expressed his gratitude accordingly: I’m drawn in by the incredible cover art … 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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V S Naipaul (More)

More articles have come to light in which V S Naipaul’s attitude toward the writings of Evelyn Waugh is discussed: In the online newspaper The Daily Beast there is a story by Alice McNearney about the accidental destruction of Naipaul’s … Continue reading

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V S Naipaul (1932-2018) R.I.P.

V S Naipaul, writer of fiction and non-fiction, mostly about third world countries or their natives displaced to other lands, has died in England at the age of 85. His last notable action was to win the Nobel Prize in … Continue reading

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