Tag Archives: Patrick Leigh Fermor

Charm Offensive

In the Wall Street Journal a review by Thomas Vinciguerra of Joseph Epstein’s new book Charm: The Elusive Enchantment begins with this: There was no avoiding it. On page 26 of Joseph Epstein’s excursion into the nature of charm, there … Continue reading

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The Waughs and the Leigh Fermors

Two recent books about Patrick Leigh Fermor (Paddy) and his wife Joan include material about their interactions with Evelyn Waugh, his wife Laura, and their mutual friends: The first is Joan: The Remarkable Life of Joan Leigh Fermor by Simon Fenwick. Evelyn … Continue reading

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Leigh Fermor Novel Reprinted

New York Review Books has republished the only novel of Patrick Leigh Fermor. This was originally published in 1953 and was entitled The Violins of Saint Jacques. It is about a fictional Caribbean island where a volcano erupts and disrupts … Continue reading

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Waugh and The Queen Anne Press

A recent TLS article in its weekly back page NB column is devoted to the Queen Anne Press. This was written in response to the publication of a special issue of the Book Collector magazine devoted to Ian Fleming. The QAP was … 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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Waugh and Patrick Leigh Fermor

In a posting on the Patrick Leigh Fermor Society website there is a reference in which Evelyn Waugh is quoted as describing Leigh Fermor and Joan Rayner (later his wife) as “the Nicotine Maniac and his girl.” This appears in a … Continue reading

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