I see where today is the anniversary of the birth, in 1903, of Evelyn Waugh, perhaps Ol’ Robbo’s very favorite writer of fiction these days.

At the moment, I happen to be rounding (again) into the third book of his Sword of Honour trilogy, The End of the Battle.  I find myself musing idly this time around on the plausibility of Guy Crouchback ever having been married to Virginia Troy in the first place, and wondering whether this is another reference to Mr. Wu’s own failed first marriage to the She-Evelyn (the other one I know of being Tony and Brenda Last in A Handful of Dust).  After TEOTB, I’ve still got Put Out More Flags, The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold and Brideshead to tackle in order to complete the canon.

As I mentioned over at Jordana’s place, I have also ordered up Waugh’s biography of Edmund Campion, which will be a new book for me.  I’d also like to get his biography of Ronald Knox.  On the other hand, I have yet to summon up the energy to tackle his Helena, of which I have heard some not very flattering reviews.

 

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