Evelyn Waugh


The Evelyn Waugh Project is proud to work with the Humanities Research Centre, the British, Brotherton and Bodleian Libraries, the Universities of Milan and Oxford, The Huntington Library and the Oxford University Press. The Humanities Research Centre, Texas bought Evelyn Waugh’s entire personal library and archive in 1967. It holds first editions, nearly all Waugh’s manuscripts and paintings and furniture from his study. Celebrating the Centre’s role in our project as well as looking at Waugh's own experiences in the United States, in April 2016, Martin Stannard, Barbara Cooke and Jeff Manley introduced the CWEW project at the British Studies seminar at the Harry Ransom Centre (HRC), Austin.

The British Library holds Waugh’s incoming correspondence, recordings of Waugh reading from Vile Bodies and Helena and a copy of his controversial 'Face to Face' interview. The library is free to use, but you will need to apply for a Reader Pass to view its collections. In Summer 2017, The British Library hosted a creative writing week for 11 students using archived Evelyn Waugh material as inspiration.

The Bodleian Library holds a unique collection from Waugh’s mythologised years as an Oxford undergraduate. Waugh’s early writings and artwork found a home in Oxford student magazines The Isis, The Cherwell and The Oxford Broom, while the Sutro papers chronicle his friendship with Harold Acton. City of Aquatint: Evelyn Waugh's Oxford was a small exhibition curated by Dr Cooke and hosted in the foyer of the Weston Library, Oxford, between August and October 2017.

Special Collections at The Brotherton Library, University of Leeds, houses one of the best Evelyn Waugh collections in Europe. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Waugh's death, in March 2016, we celebrated the opening of the Treasures of the Brotherton Gallery, with a showcase of the Brotherton Library's Evelyn Waugh collection and a free public workshop.

Co – Investigator on the project until his passing in 2016, the late Professor David Bradshaw was Professor in the Faculty and Fellow of Worcester College, University of Oxford. The project also funds a University of Oxford - based PhD student who is carrying out new research on Waugh. Although Waugh himself accepts that he wasted his time at Oxford, he was in fact educated at Lancing School and Hertford College and so, our partnership with University of Oxford is particularly fitting.

Evelyn Waugh had a strong relationship with Italy. The University of Milan is working with the project to research contemporary Italian reception to his works, evaluate their Italian translations and delve into Waugh’s correspondence with his Italian publishers. Hosted by the British Council, Milan and in collaboration with the University of Milan, in November 2018, key editors from the CWEW project took part in a panel discussion about the project and Waugh’s Italian links.

Oxford University Press is publishing the new Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh. World-renowned for scholarly excellence, the Complete Works edition will take its place alongside the press's critically acclaimed collections of Gerard Manley Hopkins and W.B. Yeats.

A gift of Loren and Frances Rothschild, in 2014, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens acquired an extensive collection of rare books and manuscripts by Evelyn Waugh. The collection establishes The Huntington as one of the premier centres of Waugh studies in the world. In May 2017, we celebrated Loren and Frances Rothschild’s donation to The Huntington by exploring the biographical, practical, and disciplinary significance of these new holdings, during a two - day symposium.

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