Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

A selective list of online literary criticism for English novelist Evelyn Waugh, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


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introduction & literary criticism

Rolo, Charles. "Evelyn Waugh: The Best and the Worst." Writes Rolo: "'Pure Evelyn Waugh,'the expression evokes a riotously anarchic cosmos, in which only the outrageous can happen, and -- when it does happen is outrageously diverting; in which people reason and behave with awesome inconsequence and lunatic logic." An introduction to Waugh that celebrates his comic genius. The Atlantic Oct. 1954.

"Evelyn Waugh." Fast facts about Waugh from the (UK) Guardian.

Alder, Baron. "Evelyn Waugh's Immortal Souls." On Robbery Under Law and Mexico. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 33, 2 (Autumn 2002).

Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 34, 1 (Spring 2003). Scroll down for articles by N. N. Newaliya, "The Anglo-American Impasse, on Waugh's trip to United States and its influence on his writing. Also by David Bittner, "Nanny Hawkins and the Servant Problem", on Brideshead Revisited.

Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 35, 2 (Autumn 2004). Scroll down for articles by David Bittner,"A Kinder, Gentler Look at Rex Mottram," onBrideshead Revisited.

Bittner, David. "What of Bubbles?" [painting by John Everett Millais]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 2 (Autumn 2005).

Bittner, David. "The Butler Did It: A View of Wilcox" [Brideshead Revisited]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 2 (Winter 2006).

Braz, Albert "Mutilated selves: Pauline Melville, Mario de Andrade, and the troubling hybrid." On Pauline Melville's The Ventriloquist's Tale, which features an English literary scholar who travels to Guyana to do research on Evelyn Waugh from a postcolonial perspective. Mosaic, 2007.

Brennan, Michael G. "Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh and Mexico" [travel literature, Catholicism]. Renascence (Fall 2002) [subscription service].

Dale, Alan. "To Crie Alarme Spiritual: Evelyn Waugh and the Ironic Community" [Vile Bodies, A Handful of Dust]. Modernist Cultures 2, 2 (Winter 2006).

Davis, Robert Murray. "Up to a Point, Mr. Foxwell: The Adaptation of Decline and Fall" [film adaptation, Decline and Fall of a Birdwatcher]. "Not the very worst adaptation of an Evelyn Waugh novel." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 2 (Autumn 2005).

Easter, Kathryn S. "Something So Different" [Brideshead Revisited]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 1 (Spring 2006).

Fiala, Nathan. "Strange Bedfellows: Reading Evelyn Waugh and Frantz Fanon" [Black Mischief, Scoop; Black Skin, White Masks]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 35, 3 (Winter 2005).

Flanery, Patrick Denman. A review of The Spoken Word: Evelyn Waugh (British Library 2008). Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 2 (Autumn 2008).

Gallagher, Donat. "Inventing Invention: Alan Munton, Sword of Honour and the Invention of Disillusion." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 3 (Winter 2007).

Gallagher, Donat. On Evelyn Waugh, Marie Stopes and Lord Alfred Douglas [Bosie]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 1 (Spring 2008).

Greenberg, Jonathan. "Cannibals and Catholics: Reading the Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Black Mischief" [satire]. Modernist Cultures 2, 2 (Winter 2006).

Greenberg, Jonathan. "'Was Anyone Hurt?': The Ends of Satire in A Handful of Dust." Novel: A Forum on Fiction (Summer 2003).

Henville, Letitia. "Vile Bodies as Old Comedy." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 3 (Winter 2009).

Lebedoff, David. A review of The Same Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War (Random House 2008), at the NYTimes. First chapter.

Lurcock, Tony. "Evelyn Waugh, A. P. Herbert and Divorce Reform" [A Handful of Dust, treatment of marriage]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 35, 2 (Autumn 2004).

Morton, Peter. "'The Funniest Book in the World': Waugh and The Diary of a Nobody" [novel by George and Weedon Grossmith]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 1 (Spring 2005).

Pitcher, Jonathan. "Brideshead Remodernized" [postmodernism, literary theory, queer studies]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 34, 2 (Autumn 2003).

Prescott, Orville. "The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh." A 1948 review at the NYTimes.

Shreve, Emily. "From Vile Bodies to Bright Young Things: Waugh and Adaptation" [Stephen Fry, film adaptation]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 1 (Spring 2008).

Shupak, Greg. "Decline and Fall as a Critique of Marxism." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 2 (Autumn 2005).

Stannard, Martin and B. C. Southam. Table of contents for Evelyn Waugh: The Critical Heritage (Routledge 1997). At Google Books.

Stinson, John J. "Evelyn Waugh and Anthony Burgess: Some Parallels as Catholic Writers." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 2 (Autumn 2008).

Usui, Yoshiharu. "Evelyn Waugh's Outfit" [Waugh's interest in clothes]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 3 (Winter 2009).

Waugh, Alexander. Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family (Random House 2007). "The grandson of Evelyn, has written a book...about the father-son relationships¬ódramas, often, of mutual incomprehension and dismay¬óin five successive generations of his family." Reviewed by Joan Acocella in the New Yorker, July 2, 2007.

White, Laura. "The Rejection of Beauty in Waugh's Brideshead Revisited" [modernism, Catholicism]. Renascence (Spring 2006) [subscription service].

Whitechapel, Simon."Brideshead Revista'd: Bacchus, Beelzebub and 'the Botanical Gardens'." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 3 (Winter 2006).

Whitechapel, Simon. "Wights Errant: Suffixal Sound Symbolism in the Novels of Evelyn Waugh." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 33, 3 (Winter 2003).

Whitechapel, Simon. "Adam and Evelyn: 'The Balance,' The Temple at Thatch, and 666." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 33, 2 (Autumn 2002).

Whitechapel, Simon. "Relative Values." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 33, 1 (Spring 2002).

Wilson, John Howard. "Elijah and the Beginning of Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms." Papers on Language and Literature, 2007.

Wilson, John Howard. "The Scarlet Woman: An Appreciation" [screenplay by Waugh]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 33, 2 (Autumn 2002).

Wilson, John Howard. "Evelyn Waugh and Cole Porter." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 2 (Autumn 2006).

Wilson, John Howard. "'Orphans of the Storm' in Brideshead Revisited." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 35, 3 (Winter 2005).

Wilson, John Howard. "Evelyn Waugh and The Varieties of Religious Experience" [and William James]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 39, 2 (Autumn 2008).


scholarly journals, libraries, bibliographies

The Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies, a peer-reviewed publication, is open-access and online, and generously makes its articles available (some indexed here).

Davis, Robert Murray. "Sidelights on Waugh's World." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 36, 2 (Winter 2006).

Davis, Robert Murray. "HRC Revisited" [Evelyn Waugh Collection at the Humanities Research Center, U of Texas at Austin]. Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 35, 3 (Winter 2005).

Davis, Robert Murray. "Supplemental Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh, Part I." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 1 (Spring 2006).

Davis, Robert Murray. "A Supplemental Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh, Part II." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 2 (Autumn 2006).

Davis, Robert Murray. "A Supplemental Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh, Part III." Evelyn Waugh Newsletter 37, 3 (Winter 2007).

Oram, Richard W. "Cultural Record Keepers: The Evelyn Waugh Library, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin." Libraries & the Cultural Record 42, 3 (Summer 2007).

Modernist Cultures, a peer-reviewed journal, makes back issues available from Summer 2005 through Winter 2007.


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