EVELYN WAUGH NEWSLETTER AND
Complete Evelyn Waugh
Paul A. Doyle
Paul A. Doyle, founder and editor emeritus of Evelyn
Waugh Newsletter and Studies, passed away on 22 July 2009. He was
83 years old.
Robert Murray Davis (Sun Lakes, Arizona)
Donat Gallagher (Townsville, Australia)
Winnifred Bogaards (New Brunswick, Canada)
Yoshiharu Usui (Tokyo, Japan)
John H. Wilson (Lock Haven, Pennsylvania)
David Bittner (Omaha, Nebraska)
Poems from Brideshead
Under the bed,
Brideshead the TV Series
How I love Anthony Andrews, Diana
The music, the credits, everything
about it indeed,
I tell you reader–
I wrote these poems from Waugh,
Now, on an empty stomach,
'It is your Commanding officer's
'Oh, no hard feelings',
Cousin Jasper (in subfusc suit)
A fine actor,
The Elder Mr. Ryder
Like a cold blast of winter,
Honed doing Pinter.
The Belgian Futurist
Jean de Brissac la Motte–
Was hit on the head by a flower
A pot of ferns it was,
'Would you very much mind not doing that...'
Having her wrist pawed,
'I don't happen enjoy it'
Beryl at Brideshead–
Brideshead visited with Beryl,
Bridget Bardot at Brideshead,
Fine Acting Again
In the TV adaptation of Brideshead,
Maybe his finest performance,
He looked so dead.
With Mr Samgrass–
Sending Sebastian to Monsignor
The cherished memory of Uncle Ned,
His first commission;
'This is all t-t-terrible
He 'never tired' of painting Julia,
One picture he didn't do;
Could he have captured–
Could he have rendered–
Could he have caught–
Difficult, I think.
Polymath lies too long in the bath,
Genealogist now rising from the bath in mist,
Rex's Christmas present to Julia,
When Sebastian doesn't come down
When he doesn't return from the
The last mass at Brideshead–‘as
though it would always be Good Friday’
The very deep things she
‘I say, do you think I could have another of those scrumptious meringues?’
The diamond-encrusted tortoise,
Maybe Sebastian could come back,
So it lies hidden somewhere,
Rex's Christmas Present
Reminiscent of one my sister got,
Round and round it goes, a twirling
Getting stuck on the carpet
He didn't care for party games,
* our real cat
'I've got a lot to talk about'
He doesn’t want to wait for the
The Little Red-Haired Man
Who dabs the drop of water
He’s taken off the ship later on,
Played by Ronald Fraser: 'The
He doesn't wait round very long,
With All the Charitable Feeling I Can Muster
Introduced by Celia,
He hurts his arm later on (we
'They hate something in themselves'
She sews the main ideas into the fabric of the novel.
'A bat's squeak of sexuality'
'A bat's squeak' is transmitted
I can see it now.
Lear, Kent, Fool
We are fooled in our loves,
But we remain loyal nevertheless,
We are aware of this,
The Vision Thing
Beatific Vision itself has some remote kinship with this lowly experience'
All our earthly
It’s ‘Now we see through a glass darkly; then we shall see face to face’.
reverie on the heath,
The division of
his kingdom almost a caprice,
'And the little
men who live without breathing'
Don’t worry about us - we’re all
Aloysius picking up bad habits,
Kurt - ‘it is good for us here I
Evelyn Waugh: A Supplementary
Checklist of Criticism
This is a continuation of the earlier lists, published in Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies. It includes books and articles published in 2008, as well as some items omitted from previous lists.
Arai, Toshiko. "An Observation of the
Religious Structure in Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh." Kagoshima
Junshin Joshi Daigaku Kokusai Ningengakubu Kiyo (Faculty of
International Human Studies of Kagoshima Immaculate Heart University) 14
Abstracts of Japanese Essays on
Evelyn Waugh, 1950-1969
Waugh, Evelyn. “Katorikku Kyokai ni okeru
Amerikateki Jidai [The American Epoch in the Catholic Church]”. Katorikku
Daigesuto [Catholic Digest] (Tokyo) 3.2 (1950): 39-48.
Kuroda, Keiyu. “Evelyn Waugh Shiron [An Essay on Evelyn Waugh].” Gaikoku
Bungaku Kenkyu Hiroshima Daigaku Kyoyoubu Kiyo [Studies in Foreign
Languages and Literature, Memoirs of the Faculty of General Education,
Hiroshima University] 2 (1955): 63-77.
Roggendorf, Joseph. "Evurin Wo, Aru Africa Yuransha; Greamu
Greene, Sakuchu Jinbutu O Motomete: Futatuno Africa Niki" [Review
of Evelyn Waugh, A Tourist in Africa, and Graham Greene, In Search
of a Character: Two African Journals]. Sofia [Sophia] 11.1
Sugiyama, Yoko. “Evelyn Waugh as Social Critic: Barbarism and the
Modern World.” Journal of the Society of English and American
Literature, Kansei Gakuin University 7.1 (1962): 12-30.
Ki. “Evurin Wo no Bungaku--Buraizuhedo ni Itarumichi” [“Literature of Evelyn
Waugh--The Road to Brideshead”]. Seiki [Century] 161 (1963):
Spender, Stephen. “Sozoteki yoso” (“The World of Evelyn Waugh”). Trans.
Motohiro Fukase and Shiko Murakami. Chikuma sosho [Chikuma Library]
35 (1965): 255-84.
Konuma, Takashi. “Evurin Wo Ron” [“A Theory on Evelyn Waugh”]. Yamagata
Daigaku Eigo Eibun Kenkyu [Yamagata University Study of English
Language and Literature] 11 (1966): 13-23.
Milward, Peter. “Evurin Wo no shini omou” [“To think of the death of
Evelyn Waugh”]. Sofia [Sophia] 15.1 (1966): 61-65.
Seiji. “Shohyo, F. Donarudoson, Evurin Wo: Inaka no Rinjin no Shouzo [Review
of Frances Donaldson’s Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour].”
Sofia [Sophia] 16.4 (1967): 104-06.
Yamaguchi, Seiji. “J. F. Karenzu, Evurin Wo no Fusui Bungaku”
[Review of James F. Carens, The Satiric Art of Evelyn Waugh (Seattle:
University of Washington Press, 1966)]. Sofia [Sophia] 16.4
Kazufumi. "Evurin Wo no shoki shousetu: ‘Shinen’ no kyohi"
["The Early Novels of Evelyn Waugh: A Refusal to Be ‘Profound’"]. Osaka
Kogyo Daigaku Kiyo [Memoirs of the
Osaka Institute of Technology] 13.1 (1969): 81-99.
Mr. Samgrass Rides Again, or The Warden’s Regress
Although Maurice Bowra has been dead for
nearly forty years and most of his books are out of print, he has never been
out of sight as a result of many writings mentioning him. Continuing
interest in Bowra is not due to his written work or his many years as de
facto leader of Oxford University; it is, instead, due to the influence
he had on many leading members of a remarkable generation of English writers,
scholars and politicians who came within his orbit. The writers included
Evelyn Waugh, Anthony Powell, John Betjeman, Cyril Connolly, and Henry Green;
other luminaries were Hugh Gaitskell, Kenneth Clark, Roy Harrod, Isaiah
Berlin, and John Sparrow.
Memories (1966), Bowra seems to accept this version, noting that he
hardly knew Waugh as an undergraduate and “did not really become a friend of
his until he had already published Decline and Fall” (172).
Once an undergraduate was requested to report to the [Warden’s] Lodgings to answer on a point of discipline. To his surprise, the door was opened by Evelyn Waugh, who demanded his company while the Warden dealt with an emergency. The student in question did his best to keep Waugh amused. As a reward for undertaking such a difficult task, all disciplinary considerations were forgotten. Instead he was invited to lunch. (250-51)
Memories, Bowra includes a description of Waugh’s house, Piers Court
in Gloucestershire, which indicates he made multiple visits (176).
Up or Laughing Down?
In Race Riots, Michael L. Ross traces the
nature of racial and ethnic jokes and humour in twentieth-century British
letters. Here, I would like to first address the general approach of
Ross’s book, before focusing on his chapter on Evelyn Waugh, which will of
course be of special interest to readers of the Newsletter.
the Modern Tolerable
This is in effect a commonplace book kept by
Clive James over his life as a writer during the last forty years. In
his introduction, he says that he made notes in the margins and endpapers of
books he read, some of which turned into essays, articles and reviews.
Others were mined for this hefty book.
End of Llanabba?
Fleace" on Writer's Almanac
Waugh at the MLA
Waugh by Douglas Glass
Mr. Evelyn Waugh, who gives pleasure to so many, seldom looks very
pleased, and the contemporary world gets entertainment but no compliments
from him. He makes it very plain that it is no choice of his that we
are his contemporaries. He would have been, if not Aristotle's
Magnificent Man, or a Renaissance Prince, at least a figure of a period
before the French Revolution, before the noisy hooves of democracy came
muddying the carpets in gentlemen's country seats.
in New England
Brideshead Banned in Alabama?
Legislation proposed in Alabama would prohibit the use of public funds for the "purchase of textbooks or library materials that recognize or promote homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle." The bill also proposed that novels with gay protagonists and college textbooks that suggest homosexuality is natural would have to be removed from library shelves and destroyed. The bill would impact all Alabama school, public and university libraries. While it would ban books like Heather Has Two Mommies, it could also include classic and popular novels with gay characters such as Brideshead Revisited, The Color Purple or The Picture of Dorian Gray.
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