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Waugh 25th Anniversary Quiz (1952).

The Waugh-Russell Collection includes an unusual item in Box 1, Folder 23, Georgetown University Library Special Collections Research Center, Washington, DC. It is a Christmas card for 1952, signed by Jack McDougall of Chapman & Hall, though the envelope is addressed in Waugh's hand to Leonard Russell, Literary Editor of the Sunday Times.

The illustration is a reproduction of The Collected Works of Evelyn Waugh by Martin Battersby, "a trompe-l'oeil panel presented to Mr. Evelyn Waugh to mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the publication of his first novel by Messrs Chapman & Hall." The card includes a set of twenty-two quotations corresponding to objects in the painting and a carbon overlay identifying each object by number. The first person to identify the source of each quotation won "a set of Mr. Evelyn Waugh's novels, signed by the author."

Graham Greene received a similar card signed by Laura Waugh because Evelyn was in Goa. The card includes the painting, but there are no clues and no overlay (Greene Papers: Box 8, Folder 52, Georgetown).

Waugh Studies is unable to reproduce the painting, but photographs of it can be found in Evelyn Waugh: The Later Years 1939-1966 by Martin Stannard, and in The Letters of Evelyn Waugh and Diana Cooper, (a.k.a. Mr Wu and Mrs Stitch), ed. Artemis Cooper. Likewise, we are unable to offer a signed set of Waugh's novels, but perhaps we can come up with a prize for the first correct set of identifications received after 1 January 2014. Editors of Waugh Studies are not eligible. The quotations from 1952 and descriptions of corresponding objects in the painting appear below.

Bonus Questions: who won the novels in 1953? And where are they now?
Quotation                Object in Painting

1. He had not been       Passport
  abroad since 1939.
2. A drunk military      Flags of UK, France,
  man should order         and Australia [?]
3. Work. Just            Night and Day,
  healthy toil.            Spectator, Tablet,
                           Month, Horizon
4. We can have some      Cleft stick holding
  cloven for you.          paper: "PRESS
5. Adapted by Mr.        Hetton Abbey. The
  Pecksniff from one       West Wing
  of his pupil's
  designs for an
6. 'I'd like to eat      Long fork inserted
  you.' 'So you shall,     into blob
  my sweet.'
7. Our standard          An Agreement
  first novel
  contract. Chapman &
  Hall Swore not at
  all Mr. Chapman's
  yea was yea And Mr.
  Hall's nay was nay.
8. Oxford in those       Radcliffe Camera
  days was still a
  city of aquatint.
9. Spectaculum facti     A reliquary
10. Esprit de corps      Four soldiers
  would fall like
  blessed unction from
11. In a world of        "What America is
  competition, people      Reading"
  are taken at their
  face value.
12. The English          Dust jacket of Vile
  Plunket-Bowse car,       Bodies
  driven by Miss
  Agatha, has retired
  from the race.
13. A thousand times     Framed portrait of a
  more beautiful than      flapper with cracked
  all Paul's feverish      glass, signed
  recollections.           "Margot"
14. They have even       Dust jacket of
  taken to calling me      Helena
15. We travelled as      Light-green
  a matter of course.      medallion at bottom
                           of 13 (portrait)
16. And so an epoch,     Manuscript with
  my epoch, came to an     military figures
17. The pattern          IHS surrounded by
  which they followed.     rays
18. I had been there     Drawing of domed
  before.                  house
19. A Stunner.           Female nude above
20. Grimes was of        Drawing by Waugh
  the immortals.
21. [TEXT NOT            Half skull, half
  REPRODUCIBLE IN          female face, eye
  ASCII]                   closed
22. An Indian ape        Portrait of Edward
  ... rattled his gold     Gibbon
  chain on the

Waugh by Friends and Colleagues: Christopher Hollis

For a program entitled A Profile of Evelyn Waugh, Canadian broadcaster Nathan Cohen interviewed a dozen people, either friends of Waugh or fellow writers. The program was broadcast on CBC Radio on Waugh's birthday, 28 October 1969, three years after his death. David J. Dooley, co-author of Evelyn Waugh: A Reference Guide (1984), recorded the program and transcribed it. A copy passed into the hands of one of Dooley's students, Jeffrey M. Heath, author of The Picturesque Prison (1982). That transcript is now in the Jeffrey M. Heath Fonds, Series 3, Box 6, File 1, E. J. Pratt Library, Victoria University in the University of Toronto.

In each of the next several issues, Waugh Studies intends to publish the comments of one person interviewed for the program. The first is Christopher Hollis, a friend of Waugh but also a prolific author:

The young all naturally think of Evelyn Waugh as a figure of the older generation, crusty, gnarled, obstinate in his misanthropy and his hostility to all progress. To us who are ourselves of that older generation, and who grew up with him, the picture is wryly amusing. We remember how forty years ago at Oxford Evelyn Waugh was the leader of those who defied university authority and the ways of our seniors, and how it was as the chronicler of the Bright Young Things, as the less serious angry young beatniks of that day were called, that he first imposed himself on the world in the 1920s as the author of Decline and Fall and Vile Bodies. What then happened? Was it simply another instance of the all too familiar story of a progress from radical youth to reactionary old age? To some extent, but by no means completely. Evelyn Waugh was indeed in the 1920s the prophet of youth in revolt, but of even then a revolt with a difference. Even then his satire was something very different from that of the unqualified progressive who derides all venerable institutions just because they are venerable, and takes up with all new causes just because they are new. A world away as he was at that time from any acceptance of the Christian religion, or of the confessed traditions of society, he laid about him with his satiric wit, but his blows from the first fell impartially on right and left--indeed from the first fell a little more heavily on the left. It was those who professed new creeds whom he found particularly ridiculous. A perceptive reader, I think, even in those early days, might well have thought that it would not be impossible that Waugh would have found his final home, as of course he did, in the Roman Catholic Church. There were other ways in which his life in old age was much more of a piece with his life in youth than might at first sight be thought. It's true enough that in his later days he became something of a recluse. He did not make himself easily available to his neighbours, and not at all available to casual visitors. But this misanthropy, if so it is to be called, must be set side by side with his quite extraordinary faithfulness and generosity to the old friends of his youth, to whom his abundant hospitality was ever at call (pp. 3-4).
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Date:Jan 1, 2014
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