Waugh 25th Anniversary Quiz (1952).
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 [?] gallons. 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 COLLECT" 5. Adapted by Mr. Hetton Abbey. The Pecksniff from one West Wing of his pupil's designs for an orphanage. 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 sumus 10. Esprit de corps Four soldiers would fall like blessed unction from above. 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 Empress. 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 end. 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 spectrum 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 terrace.
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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