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In light of the V&A recently making available around 200 previously unpublished letters between Laurence Olivier and his then wife Vivien Leigh I decided to do some searching of Waugh’s letters and diaries to see if he ever referred to the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 […]

The Sweet and Twenties

The Sweet and Twenties

If you’re mad about the twenties, why not join us and Party Like it’s 1929?   One of the most joyous things about my work as Research Associate on the Complete Works project is that it falls to me to keep the university library well stocked with all things Waugh. As well as ordering in […]

Living room at 17a Canonbury Square (detail). ©Alexander Waugh, Waugh Family Archive, Milverton.

Vile Bodies: The photograph! The painting! The half-finished book!

The following is a guest post kindly supplied by Duncan McLaren.   In the spring of 2011, when my book Evelyn! Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love was listed for publication by the now defunct Beautiful Books, Alexander Waugh kindly provided me with scans of several photos that he suggested I might use for publicity purposes. […]

A Certain Glamour: Evelyn Waugh and Nostalgic Fashion

A Certain Glamour: Evelyn Waugh and Nostalgic Fashion

Evelyn Waugh is probably not the first person that comes to mind when you think of dictators of style. But he was not above picking apart the trends of his time – in particular the fashion for nostalgia. In his article ‘Let Us Return to the Nineties: But Not to Oscar Wilde’ originally published in […]

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