Sighting: 'Chips' Channon diaries
- I am reading the diaries of Sir Henry 'Chips'
Channon (1897-1958), Tory MP and socialite. Evelyn Waugh appears twice.
16 December 1934
Also at lunch [with Emerald Cunard] were Count
Mensdorff, the Austrian Ambassador here in
Edwardian days, who is deaf and has such a deep,
deep horror of the untitled. Also Evelyn Waugh,
Alias Mr Wu. I never know ... is he good, trying
to be wicked? Or just wicked trying to be nice?
He looks like a ventriloquist's doll, with his
shiny nose; I feel his ideals are measured by
publisher's royalties. He told me today that he
thought that anyone could write a novel given six
weeks, pen, paper and no telephone or wife.
25 April 1945
I am reading an advance copy of Evelyn Waugh's
new novel 'Brideshead Revisited'. It is obvious
that the mis-en-scène is Madresfield, and the
hero Hugh Lygon. In fact all the Beauchamp family figure in it ...
Antony F. P. Vickery
- The Terrence J. Murphy Institute for Catholic Thought, Law and Public
Policy of the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota, is sponsoring a
public event, "Lunch, Literature and Public Life: George Orwell and
Evelyn Waugh," in St. Paul on Tuesday, January 27th.
"Attorney and author Lebedoff will discuss his new book, The Same
Man: George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh in Love and War (Random House,
August 2008), which Publishers Weekly called a "lean and urbane dual
portrait" of these British literary titans: "Evelyn Waugh was a loud
convert to Catholicism, an even louder social climber and very much a
man of Empire. George Orwell (Eric Blair) could best be described as
a long-suffering atheistic humanist, a utopian socialist and dreamer.
Waugh succeeded early; Orwell was an obscure polemicist until his
masterpieces Animal Farm and 1984, which were written at the end of
his life. But both men were born the same year (1903) and came from
the same class. They admired each other's writing and moral courage,
says Lebedoff, and finally met six months before the bed-ridden
Orwell's death in 1950. Both men, the author says, rejected not only
the immorality of dictators in their own time but the moral
relativism they foresaw in the future." Lebedoff also will discuss
the two men's approaches to faith and politics.
Details and registration information at
Antony F. P. Vickery