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  • Antony F. P. Vickery
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Dec 19, 2008
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      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
      Lansdale, PA
      USA
    • 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,
      Message 2 of 2 , Jan 5, 2009
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        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
        http://www.stthomas.edu/bulletin/news/20092/Monday/MurphyInstitute1_5_09.cfm .

        Antony F. P. Vickery
        Lansdale, PA
        USA
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