Autograph letters and manuscripts of Evelyn Waugh, including the manuscript of Vile Bodies, with related material

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  • Reference
      GB 206 Elliott Collection MS Waugh
  • Dates of Creation
      1912-1993
  • Name of Creator
  • Language of Material
      English
  • Physical Description
      13 items, held in 8 vols, 2 plastic envelopes, and 1 loose folio; manuscript, typescript, and printed material.  Item (1) is bound in red morocco which bears the gilt lettering 'The Pistol Troop Magazine. Edited by Evelyn Waugh 1912' and a crowned armorial shield on the front cover, and the volume is held in a custom-made box covered in blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine 'The/ Pistol/ Troop/ Magazine/ edited/ by/ Evelyn/ Waugh'; (2) is bound in the original brown paper wrappers, each issue having a typed title slip pasted on the front, and the set of volumes is held in a custom-made box covered in blue cloth and bearing on the spine the gilt lettering 'Evelyn/ Waugh/ The/ Cynic'; (3) is bound in dark red morocco with gilt tooling and lettering on the spine, and is held in a large custom-made box covered in blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine 'Evelyn Waugh/ Vile bodies/ Original/ Manuscript'; (4) is held in Remote people, by Waugh, 1931; (5) is held in Waugh in Abyssinia, by Waugh, 1936; (6) is held within a custom-made box covered in blue cloth bearing on its spine the gilt lettering 'Evelyn/ Waugh/ Decline/ and/ Fall'; (7) is held within a custom-made box covered in blue cloth with gilt tooling and the lettering on the spine 'Brideshead/ Revisited/ Evelyn/ Waugh/ 1945'; (8), (10), and (11) are all held in paper folders inside a custom-made box covered in blue cloth and bearing on the spine the gilt lettering 'Letters/ of/ Evelyn/ Waugh'; (9) is held in a separate transparent plastic envelope; (12) is loose; and (13) is held separately in a transparent plastic envelope.
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Scope and Content

Comprises the following items: (1) Carbon typescript with autograph manuscript title-page of Volume 1 of "The Pistol Troop magazine", compiled by Waugh when a child, 1912; (2) Mimeographed typescript of a school magazine "The cynic", vol.1, nos. 1-5, 21 January-September 1916, produced at Heath Mount School and joint-edited by Waugh; (3) Autograph manuscript of Vile bodies, by Waugh, probably to be dated ca. June-September 1929; (4) Autograph letter from Waugh to Edwin A. Chapman-Andrews [June 1931], held with a copy of Waugh's book Remote people; (5) Autograph typed letter from Waugh to Edwin A. Chapman-Andrews, 5 November [1935], held with a copy of Waugh's book Waugh in Abyssinia; (6) Typed letter from Arnold Goodman on Waugh's behalf and signed by Waugh to A.S. Bell, 13 July 1993, held with a copy of Waugh's book Decline and fall; (7) Typed letter from Graham Greene to Jeffrey Young, 1 August 1989, held with a copy of Waugh's book Brideshead revisited; (8) Autograph letter from Waugh to 'Dear Sirs', his American publishers, 15 December 1945; (9) Autograph postcard from Waugh to Diana, Lady Abdy, [2 March 1948]; (10) Four autograph letters from Waugh to Stanley Salmen, 23 January 1952-31 December 1954; (11) Eleven autograph letters from Waugh to Edward Bradford, 4 September 1955-21 July 1961; (12) Autograph letter from Waugh to Edwin Chapman-Andrews, undated [probably 1956]; and (13) Autograph postcard from Waugh to John Sparrow, June 1962.

Administrative / Biographical History

Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh (1903-1966), the novelist. For fuller details of his life and achievements see the Dictionary of National Biography.

Conditions Governing Access

Access is unrestricted.

Acquisition Information

The gift of Fay and Geoffrey Elliott, 2002.

Note

In English.

Other Finding Aids

The Waugh items, both manuscript and printed, are described in greater detail in the Library's handlist of the Fay and Geoffrey Elliott Collection (handlist 148) http://www.leeds.ac.uk/library/spcoll/handlists/148Elliott.pdf

Additional Information

The Waugh section of the Elliott Collection also contains printed items, which are catalogued separately.