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Professor David Bradshaw, 1955-2016

Portrait of the late Professor David Bradshaw

The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh project is deeply sad to announce the untimely passing of our Co-Investigator, David Bradshaw. David had been ill with cancer for some months. Below are some personal memories of David from members of the CWEW team.               From Barbara Cooke:   I first […]

Manuscripts as Memorials

Duff Cooper bookplate pasted inside the autograph draft of “Ninety-Two Days” . Box 9(13), Evelyn Waugh Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. Image by Naomi Milthorpe

The following guest post is kindly supplied by Andrew W. Mellon fellow Dr Naomi Milthorpe. In my first Waugh and Words post I raised some questions about what the collections at different research archives can reveal for Waugh scholars and enthusiasts. I’m interested in how each collection illuminates a different aspect of Waugh; why Waugh […]

Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?

Evelyn Waugh, Cynic?

The following guest post is kindly supplied by Andrew W. Mellon fellow Dr Naomi Milthorpe. In early December 2015 I took up a Research Fellowship at the Huntington Library in California, to work on a project rather ambitiously titled “Waugh and the Library.” Having spent time researching Waugh’s writing and book collecting using the archives […]

Evening Waugh: Decline and Fall ***NEW DATE***

An illustration from Decline and Fall   The lovely people at Fingerprints have very kindly made their café available to us to start a new evening Waugh Book Group. Join us as we begin at the beginning with Waugh’s first novel, the public school farce Decline and Fall. You can read what other groups have said about the […]

Book Group: Black Mischief

The fictional Azanian empire

The following post is a collaboration between Barbara Cooke and Geoffrey Lewis This is a grotesquely comic story with numerous characters and a great deal of action. The sense of exhilaration keeps going to the end. Waugh’s skill lies in defining the characters so that they are not confused; the many contortions of the plot […]

Alexander Waugh at the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society

Auberon Waugh stands in front of Combe Florey House

On Monday 19th October Alexander Waugh, Evelyn’s grandson, gave a lecture on Combe Florey House (Evelyn’s last home) to the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society. Alexander told us about Evelyn’s constant desire to change and improve his houses – as seen in the many alterations he made to Piers Court (where he lived from 1937-1956). […]

Bryony Lavery Takes Flyte

Lavery (left) and Cruden with readers Andrina Caroll and Beth Lilly

Inside a new production of Brideshead Revisited, York Theatre Royal There is a moment in Brideshead Revisited when Charles Ryder observes to Julia Flyte that he and she could be characters in a play: “It’s like the setting of a comedy,” I said. “Scene: a baroque fountain in a nobleman’s grounds. Act one, sunset; act […]

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