Women’s Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present
Standard Name: Waugh, Evelyn
Birth Name: Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh
was a twentieth-century novelist whose startling black humour goes together with devastating satire and a low estimate of unredeemed human nature (whether he is fictionalizing the failings of other people or of himself). He is remembered not only for his novels but for his prolific journalism, travel writing, biography and autobiography, and for his posthumously published letters and diaries. His resolutely unmodernised Catholicism
and his Toryism
(more social and romantic than political) were not always beneficial to his work and until well after his death inflicted serious damage to his literary reputation, making him a bugbear to a generally liberal intellectual establishment.
Harper became for ES
what Evelyn Waugh
and the Lygon sisters had termed in the 1920s a jagger. Such a friend was generous, supportive, uncritical, helpful, and at the same time undemanding. Harper was...
She was later embarrassed by her earlier admiration for...
enjoyed a wide circle of friends both literary and non-literary. The former included Rose Macaulay
and Howard Spring
. She met her future collaborator Betty Askwith
(daughter of an old friend of her mother's)...
Blaser, Robin, Jean Cocteau, Mary Butts, and Jean Cocteau. “Afterword”. Imaginary Letters, Talonbooks, 1979, pp. 61-80.
It was during her debutante period that NM
met Evelyn Waugh
, who became her lifelong friend, correspondent, and literary mentor.
's friends spanned the political spectrum. He was a friend of the famously Communist actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
, but also of powerful Conservatives like the Tory MP Victor Cazalet
. Later in...
knew T. S. Eliot
well enough to enjoy a courtly encounter with him at a bus stop, but she felt his great innovations had not necessarily been a good thing for English poetry, and...
followed the English tradition of detective-story writing that has continued from the 1920s and 1930s, a genre in which many women have held dominant positions. She spoke of her adolescent reading as influenced in...
Intertextuality and Influence
Jemima (a graduate of Cambridge) here visits Oxford
, with which her relationship is complicated by fact that she is to do a documentary on the minority of upper-crust, over-privileged students recently highlighted in the...
4 December 1931
announced the resignation of Hilda Matheson
, its director of talks, which she had actually submitted in October. This was the climax of a long-running struggle over a series of talks by Harold Nicolson
A fact-finding mission for Clement Attlee
government visited Tanganyika (now Tanzania) to investigate the feasibility of a large-scale scheme for cultivating groundnuts (peanuts).
Wood, Alan. The Groundnut Affair. Bodley Head, 1950.
Waugh, Evelyn. A Handful of Dust. Chapman and Hall, 1934.
Waugh, Evelyn. A Little Learning. Chapman and Hall, 1964.
Waugh, Evelyn. Basil Seal Rides Again, or, The Rake’s Regress. Chapman and Hall, 1963.
Waugh, Evelyn. Black Mischief. Chapman and Hall, 1932.
Waugh, Evelyn. Black Mischief. Little, Brown and Company, 1946.
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited. Chapman and Hall, 1945.
Mitford, Nancy, and Evelyn Waugh. “Critical Materials”. The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, edited by Charlotte Mosley, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996, p. various pages.
Waugh, Evelyn. Decline and Fall. Chapman, 1928.
Waugh, Evelyn. Helena. Chapman and Hall, 1950.
Waugh, Evelyn. Men at Arms. Chapman and Hall, 1952.
Waugh, Evelyn. Officers and Gentlemen. Chapman and Hall, 1955.
Waugh, Evelyn. Officers and Gentlemen. Little, Brown and Company, 1955.
Waugh, Evelyn. “Preface”. Brideshead Revisited, Chapman and Hall, 1960, pp. 9-10.
Waugh, Evelyn. “Preface”. Black Mischief, Chapman and Hall, 1962, p. 10.
Waugh, Evelyn. Put Out More Flags. Chapman and Hall, 1942.
Waugh, Evelyn. Rossetti: His Life and Works. Duckworth, 1928.
Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop. Little, Brown, and Company, 1938.
Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop. Chapman and Hall, 1938.
Waugh, Evelyn. The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh. Editor Davie, Michael, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1976.
Waugh, Evelyn. The Letters of Evelyn Waugh. Editor Amory, Mark, Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1980.
Mitford, Nancy, and Evelyn Waugh. The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh. Editor Mosley, Charlotte, Hodder and Stoughton, 1996.
Waugh, Evelyn, and Stuart Boyle. The Loved One. Chapman and Hall, 1948.
Waugh, Evelyn. Unconditional Surrender. Chapman and Hall, 1961.
Waugh, Evelyn. Vile Bodies. Chapman and Hall, 1930.