Frederick John Stopp: Papers Relating to his Biography of Evelyn Waugh

Scope and Content

1. Letters and postcards from Evelyn Waugh to F.J. Stopp, 1952-1961

22 items written from Piers Court, Stinchcombe, near Dursley, until 1956, and from Combe Florey House, near Taunton, from 1957.

2. Correspondence file, 1953-1973

Correspondence of F.J. Stopp about his book with the publishers Chapman and Hall and people who knew Waugh (e.g. Fr H.J. Mather, concerning Waugh's visit to British Guiana in 1933), as well as questions to libraries, correspondence with the B.B.C., and letters concerning articles and broadcasts by Waugh. There is are also correspondence with others researching Waugh, resulting from the publication of Stopp's book.

3. File of transcripts

An interview with Waugh, 'Frankly speaking', 1953 (2 versions, 28 Sep. and 30 Oct.); 'Writers at war' by Waugh, undated, 3pp.; 'The topography of Waughland', paper by F.J. Stopp for the '10 Club', a research group of the Faculty of Modern and Mediaeval Languages, Cambridge, undated.

4. File of press cuttings and printed matter

Press cuttings and magazine articles: reviews of Waugh's books, obituary notices, appreciations, etc., including copies of The Tablet (1966), Lancing College Magazine (1919-1922), and the Order of Service for the Requiem Mass at Westminister Cathedral (1966).

5. File of press cuttings

Reviews, appreciations, etc., and articles written by Waugh.

6. Notebook: Robbery under Law

Press cuttings of reviews of Waugh's Robbery under Law stuck into a notebook.

7. Evelyn Waugh newsletter

Four issues, nos. 2 and 3, and vol. 2, nos. 1 and 2 (1966-1967), of the newsletter produced by the English Department, Nassau Community College, New York.

8. Index cards

Cards arranged under the topic-headings 'travel books', 'technique', etc.

9. File of notes and correspondence

Envelope containing the contents of a file labelled 'Life and writing', comprising correspondence and interviews with people who knew Waugh, notes, drafts, press-cuttings, etc.

10. File of notes and reviews

Envelope containing the contents of a file labelled 'Critical works', containing reviews and notes on Waugh's work in general and on individual books.

11. Evelyn Waugh: portrait of an artist, by F.J. Stopp, 1958

Administrative / Biographical History

Frederick John Stopp (1911-1979), Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and Reader in German Renaissance Studies, was the author of Evelyn Waugh: the portrait of an artist (London, 1958), which was written with Waugh's approval and cooperation.

Access Information

Open for consultation by holders of a Reader's Ticket valid for the Manuscripts Reading Room.

Acquisition Information

Presented by F.J. Stopp, 1975


Description compiled by Robert Steiner, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives.

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