Re: [Evelyn_Waugh] betjeman and waugh
- ". . . that wonderful gift he has for bringing out the startling and alarming and
funny in the trivial will be spurred into renewed activity. . ."
In many ways, James Lileks is a successor of Waugh's in this. His "Interior
Desecrations" and "The Gallery of Regrettable Foods" books are triumphs of gimlet-eye
writing. Since publication of the books, he has added online material to both. For
architecture, try http://www.lileks.com/institute/interiors/index.html.
His whole site is a delight.
- --- In Evelyn_Waugh@yahoogroups.com, "Jeffrey Manley" <manleyjm@...>
> He wrote in 1965 to Laura Waugh about Compton Acres at Parkstone:Compton Acres is a "real" place, or at least it has its own website:
> Does anyone on the list know to what Betjeman was referring?
The place is in Poole, Dorset. The website shows pictures of fourteen
different types of gardens: Roman, Italian, Japanese, etc. Compton
Acres seems to be the Epcot Center of gardens.
- John Wilson wrote:
>Compton Acres is a "real" place, or at least it has its own website:John, Yes, I see that now. Thanks for the links. It seems that Betjeman
was down there on a visit and saw it as a case of just the sort of over the
top bad taste that Waugh would enjoy making a meal of. I wonder why he
wrote to Mrs. Waugh rather than her husband?
The Betjeman Centenary is now in full spate. Many of the events seem a bit
on the flashy side (gala theatrical performances, chartered trains, etc.)
but then he was more of a popular celebrity than Waugh who spent most of his
time alienating people. There are, however, several literary events in
which one would hope something would come out about his somewhat problematic
relationship with Waugh (and perhaps Waugh's with Mrs. Betjeman, altho I've
always found those rumors a bit far fetched).
Here's a link to the Betjeman Centenary events.