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Evelyn Waugh Papers
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  • Descriptive Summary
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  • Biographical Note
  • Related Materials in the Huntington Library
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  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Evelyn Waugh Papers
    Dates: 1916-2008
    Bulk dates: 1916-1986
    Collection Call Number: mssEW 1-322
    Creator: Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966
    Extent: 9 boxes and one oversize folder
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection contains literary manuscripts, business and personal correspondence and ephemera by and about the British writer Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966).
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Evelyn Waugh Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Gift of Loren and Frances Rothschild, December 27, 2013

    Biographical Note

    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), was a British satirical writer whose published works included Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, Sword of Honour and The Loved One, as well as several travel books. Waugh's conversion to Catholicism in 1930 introduced Catholic themes and subjects to his writing including, perhaps his most well-known work, Brideshead Revisited. Waugh was married twice and had seven children, including the journalist Auberon Waugh; on Easter Sunday, April 10, 1966, Waugh died of heart failure at his home Combe Florey in Somerset.

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    Scope and Content

    The papers consist of the following series:
    1. Manuscripts (Boxes 1-2) are arranged alphabetically by author and title. This series includes a radio script for the BBC, two complete autograph manuscripts for Decline and Fall and Ninety-Two Days, a printed copy of "The Cynic," and manuscripts related to Basil Seal Rides Again, A Little Learning, The Loved One and an essay about Pope John XXIII.
    2. Correspondence (Boxes 3-8) is arranged alphabetically by author. The majority of the letters in this series are business-related and cover the years 1961-1968; the letters concern the publication of Waugh's last books, permission requests to quote from Waugh's works and the re-issue of his earlier works after his death. The correspondents include Waugh's literary agents, A. D. Peters, and his publishers Associated Book Publishers Ltd., Chapman and Hall, Methuen and Co., and Penguin. The correspondence between Waugh and Chapman and Hall goes into great detail about the publishing of Waugh's books and his opinion of the quality of the publication.
    Other correspondents in this series include: Robert Murray Davis, Anne Adelaide Ford, Hugh Heckstall-Smith, James G. Hepburn, Marie-Jaqueline Lancaster, Sir Victor Mallet, Alfred Robert McIntyre, Howard Irwin Ross, Christopher Sykes, Arthur Waugh, Auberon Waugh, Laura Waugh and Joel Wells.
    3. Ephemera (Box 9 and Oversize Folder) is arranged by subject and format. This series includes the Inter-Office correspondence of Associated Book Publishers Ltd., compact disks, clippings, photographs, including an original Carl Van Vechten photograph, printed material and original storage boxes. The Oversize Folder contains one Long-Play phonographic record.

    Indexing Terms

    Personal Names

    Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966


    Howard, Brian, 1905-1958.
    Waugh, Arthur, 1866-1943.
    Chapman & Hall.
    Authors, English -- 20th century.


    Business letters Great Britain 20th century.
    Ephemera Great Britain 20th century.
    Letters (correspondence) Great Britain 20th century.
    Manuscripts Great Britain 20th century.
    Photographs Great Britain 20th century.

    Alternate Author

    Davis, Robert Murray.
    Ford, Anne Adelaide, -1993, recipient.
    Heckstall-Smith, Hugh William, 1896-
    Hepburn, James G.
    Lancaster, Marie-Jaqueline, 1922-2010.
    Mallet, Victor, Sir, 1893- recipient.
    McIntyre, Alfred Robert, 1886-1948, recipient.
    Ross, Howard Irwin, 1907-
    Sykes, Christopher, 1907-1986, recipient.
    Waugh, Auberon.
    Waugh, Laura, 1916-1973.
    Wells, Joel, 1930-2001, recipient.

    Corporate Author

    A.D. Peters (Firm)
    Methuen & Co.