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

Manuscripts as Memorials

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 […]

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

Bryony Lavery Takes Flyte

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 […]

Waugh Conference delegates outside our beautiful College Court venue before the Gala Dinner!

Evelyn Waugh Conference 2015

Last month saw the international conference – Evelyn Waugh and His Circle: Reading and Editing the Complete Works finally come to fruition. It has been a common topic of conversation ever since I started working on the project in January 2014 but had always seemed strangely far off and abstract in the way big events […]

Film poster for Tony Richardson's The Loved One (1965)

Waugh and the Oliviers

In light of the V&A recently making available around 200 previously unpublished letters between Laurence Olivier and his then wife Vivien Leigh I decided to do some searching of Waugh’s letters and diaries to see if he ever referred to the pair. Along with references to his attendance at the 1955 production of Titus Andronicus […]

Face to face with Waugh: John Freeman (1915-2014)

Face to face with Waugh: John Freeman (1915-2014)

On 20 December last year John Freeman – soldier, Labour politician and television interviewer – died aged 99. As an interviewer for the BBC, Freeman will be remembered for his series Face to Face (1959-62) with its distinctive format and Freeman’s brand of incisive questioning. His style was at the core of the show’s depth […]

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