EVELYN WAUGH NEWSLETTER AND
Something So Different
The literary gamut usually runs from the
sublime to the ridiculous, but Evelyn Waugh developed in quite the reverse
direction: from the ridiculous to the sublime. Between his first novel
and his last, Waugh clearly went through a profound paradigm shift easily
detected in his themes. The startling change recalls Monty Python’s
stock transitional phrase, “and now for something completely
different.” Waugh’s view of the world was completely different
by the time he wrote his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited, for a
singular reason: he had become a Roman Catholic.
Anthony Blanche recounts that Sebastian “used to spend such a time
in the confessional, I used to wonder what he had to say, because he never
did anything wrong; never quite; at least, he never got punished” (BR
51). Sebastian’s struggle is incomprehensible to Anthony because it is
spiritual; his faith is mysterious because the Faith is mysterious;
his internal battle causes wonder in a worldly figure like Anthony because
the Catholic Church is at war with secular culture. In another
exchange, Sebastian says, “I wish I liked Catholics more.” Charles
replies, “They seem just like other people,” but Sebastian insists that
“that’s exactly what they’re not […]; everything they think important is
different from other people” (BR 89).
As his drinking increases, Sebastian joins the unhappy. His mother
notices that when Sebastian is drunk, there is “nothing happy about
him” (BR 136). Charles becomes increasingly distraught at the
sorry situation. He tells Bridey, “without your religion Sebastian
would have the chance to be a happy and a healthy man.” Bridey
nonchalantly replies, “It’s arguable” (BR 145). Bridey’s
matter-of-fact Catholicism is endlessly frustrating. Bridey knows that
health and happiness are unnecessary for holiness, which is why he is content
to be “miserable,” as Sebastian observes.
Because man is made in the image of God, love of any person is a
forerunner of the ultimate love of God. Such is the drama of
life—perseverance day in and day out through disappointment and sadness—all
stemming from separation from the Creator.
Editor's Note: Kathryn S. Easter won the First Annual Evelyn Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest with the above entry, which has been edited for publication. Kathryn is in her junior year at the University of Pittsburgh, and she is majoring in Roman Catholic Studies, a program she designed herself.
A Supplemental Bibliography of
Evelyn Waugh, Part I
This is a supplement to A Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh (1986), by Robert Murray Davis, Paul A. Doyle, Donat Gallagher, Charles E. Linck, and Winnifred M. Bogaards. The numbers on the left correspond to the sequence introduced in the Bibliography. If anyone can supply additional information about these or other publications, please send it to the editor of the Newsletter, email@example.com.
to “Books and Monographs”:
Add to “Section A: Primary Material”:
Mr. Wu and Mrs. Stitch: The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper. Ed. Artemis Cooper. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 1991.
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper. Ed. Artemis Cooper. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1992.
Waugh, Alec. These Would I Choose: A Personal Anthology. London: Sampson Low. "In Retrospect" (Brideshead Revisited), pp. 82‑85, and "Departure” (Black Mischief), pp. 111‑112.
Add to “Section B: Secondary Material”:
1237a "Gilbert Pinfold Bildniseines englischen romanciers im besten Mannesalter." Der Monatt, October 1957, pp. 38‑43.
1540 Add rpt. Die englische Satire, ed. Wolfgang Weiss. Darmstadt: Wissenschaftlische Buches, 1982. Pp. 391‑412. [Alvin B. Kernan’s essay “The Wall and the Jungle: The Early Novels of Evelyn Waugh” (1963).]
1718a "Evelyn Waugh and 'The Scarlet Woman.'" London Life, 19 March 1966, pp. 16‑17.
1956a Maes‑Jelinek, Hena. Criticism of Society in the English Novel between the Wars. Paris: Societe d'Editions "Les Belles Lettres." Universite de Liege. "Evelyn Waugh," pp. 403‑448. Also covers Ronald Firbank, Christopher Isherwood, Anthony Powell, Rex Warner, George Orwell, William Gerhardie, Aldous Huxley. Originally numbered B1955.
1999a Brown, Richard K. The Major Works of Evelyn Waugh: A Critical Commentary. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1971.
2472a Waugh, Auberon. Four Crowded Years: The Diaries of Auberon Waugh 1972‑1976, ed. N. R. Galli. London: Private Eye/Andre Deutsch. Entries of 4 and 5 April 1973, mock horror at and parody of Observer excerpts from Diaries of Evelyn Waugh.
Henze, Paul B. Ethiopian Journeys: Travels in Ethiopia 1969‑1972. London and Tonbridge: Ernest Benn Ltd. Pp. 188, 191, 193. Waugh's account of railway journey still accurate; Hotel Continental at Dirre-Dowa much worse than Waugh described it.
Wilson, Edmund. Letters on Literature and Politics, 1912‑1972. Ed. Elena Wilson. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pp. 428‑429 on Put Out More Flags, 10 March 1944; discussing Brideshead with Waugh, 4 July 1945. P. 496, on Helena.
2558a. Jones, D. A. N. Review of A Little Order, B2527. Listener, 99 (1978), 186‑187.
2639a Cadogan, Mary, and Patricia Craig. Women and Children First: The Fiction of Two World Wars. London: Victor Gollancz.
2641a Johnstone, Richard A. “Fiction and Belief in the Nineteen‑Thirties: Studies in the Novels of Edward Upward, Rex Warner, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, Christopher Isherwood, and George Orwell.” Unpubl. diss., Cambridge.
2648 Notes on Evelyn Waugh's "Scoop" and "A Handful of Dust." Add: Compiled by G. Schlesinger.
2651a Stannard, M. J. "The Development of Evelyn Waugh's Literary Career, with Special Reference to His Aesthetic Principles, 1917‑1939." Unpubl. diss., Oxford.
Harwood, Romadel, and John Selwyn Gilbert. "A Sense of Loss: The Ordeal of Evelyn Waugh." Listener, 100, pp. 528‑530.
2697a Bozilov, Bozil. "Edin uzasen coverk," in Razvejte oste znamena. Sofia: Narodna Kultura. Pp. 5‑9. "A terrible man," introduction to Bulgarian translation of Put Out More Flags.
2703 Evelyn Waugh, "Decline and Fall." Brodie's Notes Series. Add: Compiled by Graham Handley and Stanley King.
2703a Goffin, Magdalen. Maria Pasqua. London: Oxford University Press. Pp. xi, xiii. Mentions Waugh's suggestions to Dom Aelred Watkin for an earlier version of this biography. See Letters of Evelyn Waugh.
Greene, Graham. "Remembering Evelyn Waugh." Listener, 102, pp. 482‑483.
Amis, Kingsley. "Fit to Kill." New Statesman, 98, 384.
Alberto, Manguel, and Gianni Guadalupi. The Dictionary of Imaginary Places. Expanded edition. New York: Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich. Lists Azanian Empire, pp. 28‑30; Ishmaelia, 180‑182.
2782a Kuehn, Robert E. Review of Letters, B2746. Chicago Tribune Book World, 2 November, p. 3.
2787a Mackworth, Cecily. "La Correspondence d'Evelyn Waugh." Europe (Paris), nos. 628‑629 (1981), pp. 198‑199.
2795a Rosenthal, M. Partisan Review, 50, ii (1983), 297‑300.
2805a Demain, E. A. "Evelyn Waugh, Satire and Art." Unpubl. diss., University of London.
2812 Add to S. R. Jamkhandi, “The Rhetoric of War: An Evaluation of Evelyn Waugh’s Military Novels.” Unpubl. diss., Texas Christian University: Dissertation Abstracts International, 42 (1) (July 1981), 226A.
2817 Add to M. Morriss, “Prejudice and Partiality: Evelyn Waugh and His Critics 1928-1966.” Unpubl. diss., University of Toronto: Dissertation Abstracts International, 42 (1) (July 1981), 229A. 2827a Ross, Mitchell S. "Waugh Dusted off for the Ages." Chicago Tribune Book World, 20 July, p. 2. See B2875.
2829 Add: Rpt. as "The Decline and Fall of the Catholic Novel" in B. Bergonzi, The Myth of Modernism and Twentieth Century Literature. New York: St. Martin's, 1986.
A. S. G. "Evelyn Waugh and the ‘New Statesman’: Addenda."
Book Collector, 229
2854a Bunnell, W. S. Notes on Evelyn Waugh's “Brideshead Revisited.” London: Magnum Books.
Add to reviews of A Catalogue of the Evelyn Waugh Collection (1981), by R. M. Davis, B2855:
2857a Fergusson, James. "Waugh's Waste Paper." Antiquarian Book Monthly Review, 10, no. 5(May 1983), 180‑181.
American Reference Book Annual, 14 (1983), 583.
2859a Rosenheim, Andrew. Notes and Queries, 29 (1982), 470‑471.
2859b Stannard, Martin. Modern Language Review, 80, pt. 1, 136‑137.
Add to reviews of Evelyn Waugh, Writer (1981), by R. M. Davis, B2860:
2855a Blayac, Alain. Etudes Anglaises, 38, i (1985), 98‑99.
2862a Cushman, Keith. Journal of English and Germanic Philosophy, 82 (April 1983), pp. 267‑268.
2862a De Vitis, A. A. Western Humanities Review, 36, no. 4 (Winter 1982), 369‑370.
2865a Stannard, Martin. "Waugh at Work." Essays in Criticism, 32 (October 1982), 384‑388.
2866a1 Deedes, William. "Introduction." Black Mischief. London: Folio Society.
Add to reviews of Evelyn Waugh (1981), by C. W. Lane, B2868:
2868a Choice, 19 (September 1981), 80.
2868b Doyle, Paul A. Choice (September 1981), 218‑219.
2869a McCombie, F. Notes and Queries, 30, iii (1983), 281‑282.
2869b Murray, I. Durham University Journal, 75, ii (1983), 145‑146.
McKerrell, A. "The Unstable Form of Satire: Studies in Five English Writers." Unpubl. diss., Bristol.
2871a McVeagh, John. Tradeful Merchants: The Portrayal of the Capitalist in Literature. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul, 1981. Waugh mentioned in final chapter among many others.
Rauchbauer, Otto. "The Presentation and Function of Space in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited." In A Yearbook of Studies in English Language and Literature, Siegfried Korninger. Wien: Braunmüller. Pp. 61‑76. Vol. 78 of Wiener Beiträge zur Englischen Philologie.
2880a MacSween, R. J. "Evelyn Waugh's Ladies." Antigonish Review, no. 46 (Spring 1981), pp. 43‑50.
2889a Mortimer, John. "Brideshead Revisited." Vogue (April 1981), 188‑195.
2937a Sinha, B. K. "The Sword of Honour." Indian Journal of English Studies, 21 (1981‑82), pp. 87‑95.
2938b Andjaparidze, G[eorgy Andrezevich]. "Evelyn Waugh and the Modern Satirical Novel," trans. J. Butler. In 20th Century English Literature: A Soviet View. Moscow: Progress Publishers, 1982. Pp. 336‑362. (Only to p. 354 on Waugh.)
2937c Bulow‑Moller, A. M. "Speech and Interaction: A Study of the Twentieth Century Mannerist Novel." Unpubl. diss., East Anglia.
Add to reviews of The Picturesque Prison (1982), by J. Heath, B2944:
2944a Billingham, Rachel. "Waugh's Way." Financial Times, 26 June, p. 10.
2944b Burgess, Anthony. "On the Waugh‑path." Observer, 20 June, p. 31.
2948a Donaldson, George. English Studies in Canada, 10, ii (1984), pp. 238‑240.
2948b [correction of B2945] Doyle, Paul A. Choice, 19 (July‑August), p. 1558.
2950a Hawtree, Christopher. London Magazine, 22 (August/September), pp. 136+.
2950b "In Search of God." Economist, 283 (26 June), pp. 101‑102.
2950c Jones, Lewis. "The Iron Mask." New Statesman, 104 (6 August), pp. 21‑22.
2950d McCartney, George P. "At Waugh with Himself." National Review, 34 (29 October), pp. 1356‑1358.
2950e Magalaner, Marvin. Modern Fiction Studies, 28 (Winter 1982‑83), pp. 649‑650.
2951a Quinn, Joseph A. University of Windsor Review, 17 (Fall‑Winter), pp. 127‑129.
2951b Reynolds, Stanley. "Phoney Waugh." Punch, 282 (16 June), p. 994.
2951c Stovel, Bruce. Queen's Quarterly, 90, iv (1983), pp. 1188‑1191.
Books and Bookmen, August 1982, p. 27.
Observer, 20 June 1982, p. 31.
Quill and Quire, 48 (May), p. 36.
University of Toronto Quarterly, 52 (Summer 1983), pp. 445‑446.
Add to reviews of The Writings of Evelyn Waugh (1983), by I. Littlewood, B2943 [out of sequence p. 409]:
Blayac, Alain. Etudes Anglaises, 37, iii (1984), p. 347.
Choice, 20 (April 1983), p. 1139.
Craig, R. Contemporary Literature 26, iii (1985), pp. 358‑361.
Davis, Robert Murray. English Language Notes, 22 (December 1984), pp. 75‑78.
De Vitis, A. A. Modern Fiction Studies, 29 (Summer 1983), 788‑789.
Doyle, Paul A. Choice (June 1986), p. 228.
Gallagher, D. S. AUMLA, 63 (1985), pp. 65‑66.
Levi, Peter. "Hooperisms." Spectator, 250 (22 January 1983), p. 23.
Smith, Anne. "Working on a Dummy." New Statesman, 105 (11 February 1983), p. 26.
Stannard, Martin. Modern Language Review, 81, ii (1986), pp. 466‑467.
British Book News (April 1983), p. 258.
2952b McEwan, N., ed. Notes on Waugh's “Decline and Fall.” Harrow: York Notes‑Longman.
2953a Spalding, J. C. "The Novels of Evelyn Waugh: The Radical and Reactionary Spirit." Unpubl. thesis, University of Edinburgh.
2953b Ziegler, Philip. Diana Cooper. New York: Knopf. 3008 Add: This issue of Prose Studies also published as The Art of Travel: Essays on Travel Writing. London and Totowa, NJ: Frank Cass.
2961a Boyd, William. "Back to Brideshead." New Statesman, 1 January 1983, pp. 23‑24.
3015a Waugh, Auberon. "Scoop." Folio (The Folio Society of London), Summer 1982, pp. 4‑9.
3030a Brophy, Brigid. "The Riskiest Way of Writing Novels." Times Literary Supplement, 18 August 1982, p. 7.
3051a Champlin, Charles. "A Novel Narrator Years before Brideshead." Los Angeles Times Book Review, 3 October 1982, p. 3.
3055a Doyle, Paul A. Review of Charles Ryder’s Schooldays (1982), by E. Waugh. Best Sellers. November 1982, p. 316.
3055b Bell, Quentin. "Visionary Vanity." Times Literary Supplement, 12 November 1982, p. 1253. Review of P.R.B. (reprint, 1982), by E. Waugh.
3055c Cushman, Robert. "Play of the Book." Observer, 14 November 1982, p. 30. Review of dramatic adaptation of Handful of Dust.3055d Donaldson, Frances. "Old Young Waugh." New York Times Book Review, 14 November 1982, p. 25.
3055e Broyard, Anatole. Review of Charles Ryder’s Schooldays. New York Times, 22 November 1982, p. 16.
3055f Hobson, Harold. "From Worship to Destruction." Times Literary Supplement, 26 November 1982, p. 1297.
3056a O'Connor, John. "The Year's Best Television." New York Times, 26 December 1982, sec. 2, p. 25. On TV Brideshead.
Editor's note: The rest of the Supplemental Bibliography will appear in two parts in the next two issues of the Newsletter. The Newsletter has not had a Bibliographical Editor since 1998. If anyone is willing to undertake this task, please contact the editor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reading a Rereading of Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh and the History of Oxford
It comes as something of a surprise to see Evelyn
Waugh treated as an authority on the history of Oxford University. In
this volume, devoted to Oxford in the twentieth century, Waugh is cited 22
times. That may not seem like a lot in a volume of 872 pages. In
the “Index of Personal Names,” which runs to 34 pages and at least 1600
names, however, Waugh is cited more often than all but six others: Lord
Nuffield (W. R. Morris), who built automobiles at Cowley, southeast of
Oxford, and donated much of his fortune to the university (cited 34 times); Sir
Douglas Veale, Registrar of the University for almost 30 years (32 times);
Lord Cherwell (F. A. Lindemann), adviser to Winston Churchill (26 times); G.
D. H. Cole, historian and socialist (23 times); Lord Lindsay, Master of
Balliol College and Vice-Chancellor of the University (23 times); and Sir
Maurice Bowra, Waugh’s friend, Warden of Wadham College, and also
Vice-Chancellor (22 times). Waugh’s prominence is the more remarkable
because he spent only eight terms in Oxford; the others built their careers
Handful of Dust
in the Works
Muriel Spark, 1918-2006
Makes the Cut
Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest
of William Deedes
Olivier as the Marquis of Marchmain
of Brian Howard