EVELYN WAUGH NEWSLETTER AND
Inventing Invention: Alan Munton, Sword of
Honour and the Invention of Disillusion
Alan Munton’s recent essay, “Evelyn Waugh’s Sword of Honour: The
Invention of Disillusion,” is the most
protracted disparagement of Waugh since Conor Cruise O’Brien’s “The Pieties
of Evelyn Waugh.” The writers differ
in that O’Brien was a polemical stunt man, aiming to dazzle and wound,
whereas Dr Munton, like so many British academics and journalists who write
about Waugh, is moralistic. But the effect is the same. Apart
from a few grudging concessions about the personal themes in the trilogy, and
a backhanded compliment on the “honesty” that drove Waugh to “provide the ammunition
later used against himself” (241), Waugh is allowed no decent motive, no
information, no intellectual integrity—not even the courage and flair needed
to make a really unpopular point of view noticed.
Dr Munton alleges that
this passage “exaggerates the likely success of the Finns,” represents “the
British public [as more] interested in the war” than it was, “invents a
popular feeling that did not exist” and thus “contrives a moment of
disillusion” (235). But the accusations are meaningless because, on the
evidence of what is in his essay, Dr Munton seems unaware of the see-saw
nature of the Russo-Finnish war or of the world- wide jubilation that greeted
Finnish victories. A glance at “the newspapers” rather than at Angus
Calder’s “editor’s note”  would have
revealed how neatly Sword of Honour encapsulates these events and the
slightly surreal way in which the press covered them.
Despite Dr Munton’s flat
denial, “admiration in Britain” for the military genius of Mannerheim (at
that time the Finnish commander-in-chief, not “the President” as Dr
Munton calls him) “did actually happen,” as a glance at the
popular Picture Post will confirm.
“The newspapers” (not, of course, the Daily Worker) were “full
of Finnish triumphs”; and newspapers, magazines and newsreels did
relentlessly feature “ghostly ski troops” in white camouflage capes harassing
Russians. Even the stuffy Economist gushed that the “gallantry
of the Finns exceeds anything in living memory.”
Editor's note: Dr Alan Munton does not believe that his views are at all represented in Donat Gallagher's essay. If anyone would like to read Dr Munton's essay, he is willing to provide copies. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Alan Munton, Editor, Wyndham Lewis Annual, Room 304, Library, University of Plymouth, Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA, UK.
A Supplemental Bibliography of
Evelyn Waugh, Part III
This is the third of three installments that supplement A Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh (1986), by Robert Murray Davis, Paul A. Doyle, Donat Gallagher, Charles E. Linck, and Winnifred M. Bogaards. For the first two installments, see the Newsletter 37.1 and the Newsletter 37.2. If anyone has more information about these or other publications, please contact the editor, email@example.com.
Bangert, Kurt, and Jürgen Kamm. Die Darstellung des Zweiten Weltkrieges im englischen roman. Summary in English and American Studies in German 1986: Summaries of Theses and Monographs, ed. Horst Weinstock. Tübingen: Max Niemeyer, 1988. Pp. 105‑107.
Davis, Robert Murray, Paul A. Doyle, Donat Gallagher, Charles E. Linck, Jr., and Winnifred M. Bogaards. A Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh. Troy, NY: Whitston.
Blayac, Alain. Etudes Anglaises, 41, 1 (1988), p. 103.
Miller, W. Choice, June 1987.
Review of F. Donaldson, Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour (1967). New Statesman, 110 (18 October 1986), p. 26.
Gorra, Michael Edward. "The English Novel at Mid‑Century: Evelyn Waugh, Henry Green, Anthony Powell, and Graham Greene." Unpubl. diss., Stanford University. Dissertation Abstracts International, 47 (August 1986), 536A.
Longford, Elizabeth. The Pebbled Shore: The Memoirs of Elizabeth Longford. New York: Alfred A. Knopf.
Newaliya, N. N. "'Experience Totally Transformed': Three Travel‑Inspired Novels of Evelyn Waugh." M. Phil. diss., Poona University, India.
Pritchett, V. S. "Evelyn Waugh." In A Man of Letters: Selected Essays. New York: Random House. Pp. 123‑132.
Rutland, Blake Scheryl. "Evolving Moral Stance in the Novels of Aldous Huxley and Evelyn Waugh." Unpubl. diss., Florida State University. See Dissertation Abstracts International, 47 (1987), 2599A.
Stannard, Martin. Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years 1903‑1939. London: Dent, 1986. New York: W. W. Norton, 1987
Doyle, Paul A. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter, 21, 3 (1987), pp. 6-7.
Dubby, Dennis. "Satire, failure and flaw." Toronto Globe and Mail, 3 January 1987.
Furbank, P. N. Times Literary Supplement, no. 4362, 1986, p. 1237.
Morris, Edmund. "A Better Kind of Dust." New York
Times Book Review, 30 August 1987, pp. 1, 30‑31.
O'Donoghue, Bernard. Essays in Criticism, 37 (1987), pp. 338‑345.
Commonweal, 114 (23 October 1987), p. 602+.
Wall Street Journal, 26 September 1987, p. 20 (W), p. 24 (E).
Library Journal, 112 (1 April 1987), p. 160+.
Publishers Weekly, 231 (6 March 1987), p. 98.
Wilson Library Bulletin, 62 (January 1988), p. 90+.
Stevenson, Randall. The British Novel since the Thirties: An Introduction. London: B. T. Batsford. Pp. 51‑56.
Wilson, Edmund. The Fifties: From Notebooks and Diaries of the Period. Ed. Leon Edel. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Pp. 219 (reference to Holy Places), 261 (responses to Wilson's review of Campion), 371 (anecdote of Waugh meeting Maugham's brother).
Davis, Robert Murray. "Grace Beyond the Reach of Sullen Art." Journal of Modern Literature, 13 (March 1986), pp. 163‑166. Combined with R. M. Davis, “How Waugh Cut Merton,” B2143, and additional material in R. M. Davis, Evelyn Waugh and the Forms of His Time (1989).
Davis, Robert Murray. "The Rhetoric of Mexican Travel: Greene and Waugh." Renascence, 38 (Spring 1986), pp. 160‑169. Reprinted in R. M. Davis, Evelyn Waugh and the Forms of His Time (1989).
Davis, Robert Murray. "Subdividing the Wilderness: Guides to Waugh Criticism." Papers on Language and Literature, 22 (Spring 1986), pp. 216‑220. Discusses M. Morris and D. J. Dooley, Evelyn Waugh: A Reference Guide (1984) and M. Stannard, ed., Evelyn Waugh: The Critical Heritage (1984).
Davis, Robert Murray. "Bloomsbury‑‑And After?" South Central Review, 3 (Summer 1986), pp. 69‑77. Waugh and other writers of the 1930's. Adapted for R. M. Davis, Evelyn Waugh and the Forms of His Time (1989).
Kloss, Robert J. "The Origins of Waugh's 'Victim as Hero.'" Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 7 (August 1986), pp. 285‑297.
Review of A Tourist in Africa. New York Times Book Review, 26 October 1986, p. 54.
Lynch, James. "Evelyn Waugh during the Pinfold Years." Modern Fiction Studies, 32 (Winter 1986), pp. 543‑559.
Lynch, James. "Tennyson's 'Tithonus,' Huxley's After Many a Summer, and Waugh's The Loved One." South Atlantic Review, 51, 4 (November 1986), pp. 31‑47.
Cherfas, T. "Evelyn Waugh and Peace Revisited: Russian Readers, Western Writers." Encounter, 66, 1, pp. 64‑68.
Lasky, M. J. "Waugh and the Dream of Azania." Encounter, 67, 3, p. 66.
Chevalier, Jean‑Louis. "La Subjectivite du narrateur imporsonnel dans A Handful of Dust." Cycnos, 3 (Winter 1986‑87), pp. 51‑74.
Bold, Alan, and Robert Giddings. Who Was Really Who in Fiction. London: Longman. Identifies originals of John Beaver (John Heygate), Anthony Blanche (Harold Acton), Lady Circumference (Jessie Graham), Lottie Crump (Rosa Lewis), Julia Flyte (Olivia Plunkett‑Greene), Sebastian Flyte (Hugh Lygon), Captain Grimes (Captain Young), Brigadier Ritchie‑Hook (Albert St. Clair Morford), Lord Marchmain (William Lygon, 7th Earl Beauchamp), Rex Mottram (Brendan Bracken), Agatha Runcible (Elizabeth Ponsonby), Mr. Samgrass (Maurice Bowra), Basil Seal (Hon. Peter Rodd), Ambrose Silk (Brian Howard), Everard Spruce (Cyril Connolly), Mrs. Algernon Stitch (Lady Diana Cooper).
Carens, James F., ed. Critical Essays on Evelyn Waugh. Boston: G. K. Hall.
Gilmore, Thomas B. Equivocal Spirits: Alcoholism and Drinking in Twentieth‑Century Literature. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press.
McCartney, George. Confused Roaring: Evelyn Waugh and the Modernist Tradition. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
Robert Murray Davis, Evelyn Waugh Newsletter, 22, 1 (1988), pp. 6-7.
Blayac, Alain. "L'intertextualite de A Handful of Dust." Bulletin de Stylistique (Paris X, Nanterre), January 1987, pp. 1‑15.
Les Annees Trente, No. 5 (Fevrier). Special issue on Waugh.
Decap, Robert. "A Handful of Dust: Des souris et des hommes." Caliban, 24 (1987), pp. 109‑123.
Tosser, Yvon. "Repetition et difference dans A Handful of Dust." Etudes Anglaises, 40 (January‑March 1987), pp. 39‑50.
Bradbury, Malcolm. "The Comic Bad Man of English Letters." New York Times Book Review, 22 March 1987, p. 15. Comparison of Waugh and Kingsley Amis.
Chase, Kathleen. "Legend and Legacy: Some Bloomsbury Diaries." World Literature Today, 61 (Spring 1987), pp. 230‑233.
Meckier, Jerome. "Juvenile Waugh." Studies in the Novel, 19 (Spring 1987), pp. 91‑97. Review of R. M. Davis, Evelyn Waugh, Apprentice (1985), and J. McDonnell, Waugh on Women (1985).
Bell, Alan. "Waugh Drops the Pilot." Spectator, 7 March 1987, pp. 27, 30‑31. Quotes and discusses Waugh marginalia in Cyril Connolly's The Unquiet Grave.
Broyard, Anatole. "Having Minimalist Time, Wish You Were Here." New York Times Book Review, 22 March 1987, p. 13. Recent travel books in context of Waugh and others.
Gallagher, Donat. "Slender Banjoes and Mighty Brooms: Oxford Magazines in the Twenties." London Magazine, April/May 1987, pp. 87‑101.
Going, William T. "Pre‑Raphaelitism in Brideshead Revisited." Journal of Pre‑Raphaelite and Aesthetic Studies, 7 (May 1987), pp. 90‑93.
Aslet, Clive. "Architectural Badinage: Evelyn Waugh's Eye for Buildings." Country Life, 21 May 1987, pp. 120‑123.
Devereux, James A., S. J. "Catholic Matters in the Correspondence of Evelyn Waugh and Graham Greene." Journal of Modern Literature, 14 (Summer 1987), pp. 111‑126.
Hynes, Joseph. "Two Affairs Revisited." Twentieth Century Literature, 33 (Summer 1987), pp. 234‑253. On Brideshead and Graham Greene, The End of the Affair.
Mitgang, Herbert. "Sometimes Waugh Was Nice to Nuns." New York Times Book Review, 30 August 1987, p. 30.
Jones, D. A. N. "Scoring off Waugh." Grand Street, 7 (Autumn 1987), pp. 158‑174.
Kramer, Larry, and Kathrin Perutz. "Evelyn Waugh's
Life." New York Times Book Review, 20 September 1987, p.
37. Letter replying to Morris review of Stannard biography.
Crabbe, Katharyn W. Evelyn Waugh. New York: Ungar.
Cunningham, Valentine. British Writers of the Thirties. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press.
Doyle, Paul. "Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh, 1903‑1966," in Book of Days 1988. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press. Pp. 577‑580.
McDonnell, Thomas P. "Why Evelyn Waugh Worried about Merton's Prose." In Toward an Integrated Humanity: Thomas Merton's Journey, ed. M. Basil Pennington, O.C.S.O. Kalamazoo, MI: Cistercian Publications, 1988. Pp. 25‑31.
Galvan, Delia V. "Las heroinas de Elena Garro." La Palabra y el Hombre: Revista de La Universidad Veracruzana, 65 (January‑March 1988), pp. 145‑153.
Les Annees Trente, No. 6 (Fevrier). Special issue on Waugh.
MacSween, R. J. "Helena: Waugh's Failure." Antigonish Review, 73 (Spring 1988), pp. 27‑31.
Watson, George. "Orwell and Waugh." Partisan Review 55 (Spring 1988), pp. 264‑275.
Gallagher, Donat. "Nullity, Duplicity and Catholicity in Martin Stannard's Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years." Month, 259, 1444 [2nd NS 21, 4] (April 1988), pp. 633‑641. Detailed and very critical examination of Stannard's treatment of evidence about the annulment of Waugh's marriage to Evelyn Gardner.
Gorra, Michael. "Through Comedy toward Catholicism: A Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Early Novels." Contemporary Literature, 29 (Summer 1988), pp. 201‑220.
Blow, Robert. "Sword of Honour: A Novel with a Hero." Durham University Journal, 80 (June 1988), pp. 305‑311.
Kauffmann, Stanley. "Danse Macabre." New Republic, 198 (27 June 1988), pp. 24‑25. Review of film of Handful of Dust.
Waugh, Auberon. "A Handful of Dad." Vanity Fair, July 1988, pp. 28, 30‑31. Reprise of familiar material on background to and movie version of Handful of Dust.
Rafferty, Terrence. Review of film of Handful of Dust. New Yorker, 64 (11 July 1988), pp. 74‑75.
Korn, Eric. "Remainders." Times Literary Supplement, 22‑28 July 1988, p. 803. Corrects Philip French: the source of Mr. Todd's name in Handful of Dust is less the German Tod than Beatrix Potter's The Tale of Mr. Tod.
Yakir, Dan. "Patrician looks bring period roles for Wilby." Toronto Globe and Mail, 29 July 1988. On James Wilby, who played lead role in film of Handful of Dust.
Morris, Mary Josephine Ann. "Evelyn Waugh: The Novel and Its Relation to Other Media." Dissertation Abstracts International, 50 (July 1989), 149A.
Beaty, Frederick L. "Evelyn Waugh and Lance Sieveking: New Light on Waugh's Relations with the BBC." Papers on Language and Literature, 25 (Spring 1989), pp. 186‑200.
Greene, Donald. "A Partiality for Lords: Evelyn Waugh and Snobbery." American Scholar, 558 (Summer 1989), pp. 444‑459.
Kloss, Robert J. "Waugh's A Handful of Dust as Autobiography." Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 10 (August 1989), pp. 372‑382.
Meyers, Jeffrey. "Evelyn Waugh: Brilliant and Loathsome." Contemporary Literature, 30 (Winter 1989), pp. 589‑591.
Editor's note: 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
"All Gentlemen Are Now Very Old" ("Except Us!"
and Getting Later
Following my review of his Radicals on the
Road: The Politics of English Travel Writing in the 1930s (see Newsletter 36.1),
Bernard Schweizer was kind enough to strike up a correspondence and to send
me his contribution to Blackwell’s A Companion to the British and Irish
Novel: 1945-2000, “Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited and Other
Late Novels” (254-65).
Waugh's View of Irish Priests Justified?
Waugh's the Matter, Bobby?
Mr. Robert Murray Davis, to my utter
consternation, spilled his guts over my minuscule biography of Evelyn Waugh.
Murray Davis responds:
Scarlet Woman on
Gets Green Light
Loved One on
of Honour on
DVD in North America
Essays on Waugh in Connotations
Resources on the Web
Visit to Piers Court
Dear Mr Wood,
Septimus was two and a half years old. The letter is for sale, and
the Eleys can be reached at http://www.nibleyhouse.co.uk.
Duncan learned that a Mr Wood, now in his nineties, lives in The Street,
Stinchcombe. Mr Wood knew Waugh, but it is unclear whether or not he is
the same person addressed in the letter.
Waugh Undergraduate Essay Contest
Out of One Hundred