HOW TO USE THIS WEBSITE




In these pages, an online biography of Evelyn Waugh is taking shape, where several phases of Waugh's life are given enough space so that the relevant Evelyn can be fully encountered.

The menu is on the left. Yes, it does scroll down a long way. So, dear reader, where might you start?

Well, the page following this is a
strong essay and it's followed by several more that have proved popular with browsers of this site. I don't know why, but the 'Barford Revisited' and 'Carry On, Grimes' essays have been the most popular reads even when they were hidden way down the menu.

Thereafter, essays are grouped into CAPITALISED sections in the menu to the left. Amongst these are:



WAUGH BITES
Small bits. Funny. Or scary. Click on a photo to get a short, sharp literary shock.

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EVELYN AT ASTON CLINTON
Unprepossessing though this section may seem to the uninitiated, there is nowhere else - neither book nor website - that deals with this crucial part of Waugh's early life in such depth. The photos below are not links. Start at the beginning and attempt to stay in the slipstream of a confused and melancholy young teacher's motorbike.

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THE EVELYNS
Exquisite. Obsessional. Layered (began in 2014 and returned to in 2018). Sixteen chapters. Pick 'n' click any one to start with. Total immersion is intended.

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The next sections are ON THE MOVE and OUR EVELYN'S LIBRARY. I'll get round to saying more about these later.


PIERS COURT PAPERS
Meticulous. Insightful. Endless (began in 2013 and not finished yet: the layering may continue
ad infinitum). Another chance to pick 'n' click your way into a main phase of Waugh's life

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BRIDESHEAD FESTIVAL
This was meant to happen at Castle Howard in summer, 2020, but the corona virus has put paid to that. I've carried on with a study of those friends that Evelyn made at Oxford and who went on to write books themselves. These include
Richard Plunket Greene, Patrick Balfour, Robert Byron, Brian Howard, Cyril Connolly, Peter Quennell, Harold Acton, Anthony Powell, Graham Greene and Henry Yorke. This section is part-written by Nancy Mitford.


ENDINGS
These are chapters that feel better here than at the beginning of the site. Starting with
this one.


So that's it as far as the reader in you is concerned. But what about the writer in me? I've got so much more to say. Please God, grant me the time and the tool-set to organise the relevant material.