Tag Archives: New York Times

The Waugh Before Christmas

Several publication and broadcast media have featured Waugh’s works in their holiday season offerings: –The BBC is going to rebroadcast a 2016 radio program that includes readings from Philip Eade’s biography: Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited. This will be transmitted … Continue reading

Posted in A Handful of Dust, Biographies, Brideshead Revisited, Decline and Fall, Newspapers, Radio Programs, Scoop | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Election Week Roundup: A Journalistic Memoir and A Belated Review

–Foreign correspondent Robert Fisk has died at the age of 74. The New York Times  describes his career in their obituary: “Robert Fisk, a dauntless journalist who was widely praised by colleagues and competitors alike for relentlessly chronicling the Middle … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Biographies, Books about Evelyn Waugh, Newspapers, Scoop | Tagged , , , , , | Comments Off on Election Week Roundup: A Journalistic Memoir and A Belated Review

George Steiner 1929-2020 R.I.P.

Literary critic and scholar George Steiner died last week in Cambridge, England at the age of 90. He is the latest eminent literary critic to pass away recently, starting with Harold Bloom in October and continuing with Samuel Hynes, Clive … Continue reading

Posted in A Little Learning, Academia, Evelyn Waugh, Newspapers, Sword of Honour, World War II | Tagged , , , | Comments Off on George Steiner 1929-2020 R.I.P.

Late January Roundup

–The New York Times, in a recent column in its By The Book series, interviewed dramatist and gay health rights activist Larry Kramer. Waugh came up in this context: Q. What’s the last book you read that made you laugh? … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Newspapers, Rossetti: His Life and Works, Sword of Honour | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Late January Roundup

John Ivan Simon (1925-2019): R. I. P.

John Simon, one of America’s great critics of theatre and film died in November the age of 94. His death was widely noted, and this obituary excerpted from the New York Times is fairly representative: In a style that danced … Continue reading

Posted in Adaptations, Brideshead Revisited, Newspapers, The Loved One, Vile Bodies | Tagged , , | Comments Off on John Ivan Simon (1925-2019): R. I. P.

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

Posted in Biographies, Evelyn Waugh Studies, Newspapers, Vile Bodies | Tagged , , , , , , | Comments Off on Socialites to Socialists: Inez Holden and Nancy Mitford

Armistice Day Roundup

— Fr John Hunwicke posting on his website addresses literary works related to the commemoration of Armistice Day (Remembrance Sunday in the UK): As far as WW2 is concerned, I often think about the contrast between two great fictional literary … Continue reading

Posted in Anniversaries, Decline and Fall, Events, Newspapers, Scoop, Sword of Honour, The Loved One | Tagged , , , , | Comments Off on Armistice Day Roundup

Samuel Hynes (1924-2019) R.I.P.

Another veteran American literary scholar and critic died earlier this month at Princeton . This was Samuel Hynes, WWII veteran fighter pilot and retired Woodrow Wilson Professor of Literature at Princeton University. He was 95. His best known critical work … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Newspapers, Vile Bodies, Waugh in Abyssinia | Tagged , | Comments Off on Samuel Hynes (1924-2019) R.I.P.

Harold Bloom (1930-2019) R.I.P.

The American literary critic and Yale Professor of the Humanities Harold Bloom died earlier this week at the age of 89. There are several notices but perhaps the best are those in the New York Times. One is by Dinitia … Continue reading

Posted in Academia, Newspapers, Sword of Honour, Vile Bodies | Tagged , , | Comments Off on Harold Bloom (1930-2019) R.I.P.

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

Posted in Events, Newspapers, Radio Programs | Tagged , , | Comments Off on New British PM Also a Novelist (And a Waugh Fan)