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 coming shortly called, 'You see, I'm a public schoolboy', 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:

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

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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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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. Then comes WORLD WAR TWO, the chapters of which I've written relatively recently and haven't yet linked up. So let's quickly pass on to…

Meticulous. Insightful. Endless (began in 2013 and only tentatively finished in 2023: 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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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. Again I haven't linked up this section as yet, allowing you, dear reader, to gain instant access. Forgive my lack of… what is the word?

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? If you've got any new, potentially fertile lines of research to suggest, please let me know.