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PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2010 11:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I've just picked up a second hand copy of The Diaries of Evylyn Waugh.

What a disreputable, vile, and utterly hilarious individual.

Absolutely. My favourite quotes from Waugh at the moment are about Stephen Spender:

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At his christening the fairy godparents showered on Mr Spender all the fashionable neuroses but they quite forgot the gift of literary skill.


And later on in the same review:
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To watch him fumbling with our rich and delicate English language is like seeing a Sevres vase in the hands of a chimpanzee.



I cried with laughter with his comment about Randolph Churchill having a lung removed.

And there's something else in Waugh's diaries that almost made me choke, CV. You'll love it. I'm at a friend's at the moment. When I get home, I post it.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Spotted these gems from Waugh's Diaries:

Friday 3 July 1925

Two things have happened to comfort me a little. Professor Dawkins* has come back from Oxford.

Saturday 4 July 1925

Last night Gordon and I dined at Professor Dawkins. We did not get drunk, which was what Gordon wanted, but I enjoyed the evening none the less.

* Sometime Professor of the Hypocrites' Club.

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If that wasn't funny enough, have a read of Professor Dawkins' entry in the Appendix of Names to Waugh's Diaries:

Dawkins R (1871-1955): eccentric professor of Byzantine archaeology and modern Greek at Oxford. Once observed by Osbert Lancaster perched in the upper branches of a large chesnut tree in Exeter College garden. Ordered his suits by postcard from the general store of a small village in Northern Ireland. Lived in Denbighshire.

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File under: couldn't make it up if you tried.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

B3 wrote:
Spotted these gems from Waugh's Diaries:

Friday 3 July 1925

Two things have happened to comfort me a little. Professor Dawkins* has come back from Oxford.

Saturday 4 July 1925

Last night Gordon and I dined at Professor Dawkins. We did not get drunk, which was what Gordon wanted, but I enjoyed the evening none the less.

* Sometime Professor of the Hypocrites' Club.

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If that wasn't funny enough, have a read of Professor Dawkins' entry in the Appendix of Names to Waugh's Diaries:

Dawkins R (1871-1955): eccentric professor of Byzantine archaeology and modern Greek at Oxford. Once observed by Osbert Lancaster perched in the upper branches of a large chesnut tree in Exeter College garden. Ordered his suits by postcard from the general store of a small village in Northern Ireland. Lived in Denbighshire.

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File under: couldn't make it up if you tried.

Laughing

Oh, dear. 48 minutes in, and you've already made my day.
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