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Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)

A selective list of online literary criticism for the 20th century English novelist Evelyn Waugh, favoring signed articles by recognized scholars and articles published in peer-reviewed sources


"About Evelyn Waugh." A short biography, from the Evelyn Waugh Society

"The World of Evelyn Waugh." A biographical introduction to Waugh. The Wilson Quarterly 2, 2 (Spring, 1978), pp. 162-167 [free at jstor].

"Video of Evelyn Waugh." A 30 minute interview with Waugh, in which he seems annoyed with his interviewer. On the BBC, June 1960

"Evelyn Waugh Revisited." By William H. Pritchard, on biographies of Waugh. In the Hudson Review Winter 2017.

"Evelyn Waugh, The Art of Fiction." Waugh is interviewed by Julian Jebb. In the Paris Review 30 (Fall 1963).

"Evelyn Waugh: The Best and the Worst." By Charles Rolo. An introduction to Waugh that celebrates his comic genius. In the Atlantic Oct. 1954.

"'It's all on account of the war.'" By Christopher Hitchens, who asks why Brideshead Revisited has such a strong hold on the imagination for so many of us. In the Guardian 26 Sep 2008.

"Evelyn Waugh." Fast facts about Waugh from the Guardian.

Waugh, Alexander. Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family. About a book by the grandson of Evelyn Waugh. Reviewed by Joan Acocella in the New Yorker 2 July 2007.

Evelyn Waugh at 23

literary criticism

The Evelyn Waugh Society. The Society makes current articles from its scholarly journal freely available, and a rich archive of articles, previously indexed here, is available through its site.

Ames, Christopher. "Shakespeare's Grave: The British Fiction of Hollywood." On Waugh and Aldous Huxley as writers in Los Angeles. Twentieth Century Literature 47, 3 (Autumn, 2001), pp. 407-430 [free at jstor].

Baldwin, Dean. "Gluttony? Food and Wine in Evelyn Waugh's Brideshead Revisited." CEA Critic 69, 1/2(Fall 2006-Winter 2007), pp. 34-42 [free at jstor].

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

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

Elizabeth Ponsonby (center), the model for Agatha Runcible

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).

Gorra, Michael. "Through Comedy toward Catholicism: A Reading of Evelyn Waugh's Early Novels." Contemporary Literature 29, 2 (Summer, 1988), pp. 201-220 [free at jstor].

Meckier, Jerome. Cycle, Symbol, and Parody in Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall." Contemporary Literature 20, 1 (Winter, 1979), pp. 51-75 [free at jstor].

Wilson, John Howard. "Elijah and the Beginning of Evelyn Waugh's Men at Arms." Papers on Language and Literature, 43, 4 (Fall 2007) [Questia subscription service].

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