• Evelyn Waugh: The Critical Heritage (Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1984), 537 pp.
  • Evelyn Waugh. The Early Years: 1903-1939 (Dent, 1986; Norton, 1987; Paladin paperback in U.K., 1988; Norton paperback, 1989; Flamingo paperback 1993), 537 pp.. Chosen as one of the twelve best books of the year by the New York Times.
  • Evelyn Waugh. No Abiding City: 1939-1966 (Dent, 1992; Norton, 1992; Flamingo and Norton paperbacks 1993), 523 pp.. Chosen by Muriel Spark, Jonathan Raban, William Trevor and Frank Kermode as one of their Books of the Year, and (both volumes) by William Boyd in the year 2000 as one of his Books of the Millennium.
  • The Norton Critical Edition of Ford Madox Ford's The Good Soldier (1995), 401 pp..
  • General Editor with Prof. Greg Walker of thirty-seven volume series, Studies in European Cultural Transition (Ashgate: 2000 - 2007).
  • Muriel Spark: The Biography (Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2009; Norton 2010), 627 pp.
  • Second, revised edition of The Good Soldier (Norton, 2011).

Articles and Reviews

  • 'No Admittance on Business', Essays in Criticism, Vol. XXVI, No. 2 (April 1976), 182-6. (2,000-word review-essay on Christopher Sykes's Evelyn Waugh. A Biography.)
  • 'Davie's Lamp', The New Review, Vol. 3, No. 33 (December 1976), 52-4. (3,000-word essay on Michael Davie's edition of Evelyn Waugh's Diaries.)
  • 'Objecting to Correlatives', The New Review, Vol. 4, No. 44 (November 1977), 60. (1,000-word review of Donald Barthelme's book of short stories: Amateurs.)
  • 'Misleading Cases', Essays in Criticism, Vol. XXVIII, No. 1 (January 1978), 85-90. (2,000-word review of Martin Green's Children of the Sun.)    
  • 'Work Suspended: Waugh's Climacteric', Essays in Criticism, Vol. XXVIII, No. 4 (October 1978), 302-320 (7,000-word essay); reproduced Jeff Chapman and Dan Jones (eds.), Contemporary Criticism Online (Detroit: Gale Research, 1997).
  • Five Short essays on Michael Arlen, David Garnett, William Gerhardie, Christopher Isherwood and Waugh for the book Great Writers of the English Language: Novelists (Macmillan, 1979).
  • 'Les Jeux Absurdes', Novel: A Forum on Fiction, Vol. 13, No. 2 (Winter 1980), 240-42. (2,000-word review of Yvon  Tosser's Le Sens de L'Absurde Dans L'Oeuvre d'Evelyn Waugh.)
  • 'Debunking the Jungle: The Context of Evelyn Waugh's Travel Books 1930-39', Prose Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (May 1982), 105-126; reprinted in Philip Dodd (ed.), The Art Of Travel (Frank Cass, 1982). (5,000-word essay.)
  • 'Waugh At Work', Essays in Criticism, Vol. XXXII, No. 4 (October 1982), 384-8. (2,000-word review of Robert Murray Davis's Evelyn Waugh. Writer.)
  • Review of Hermione Lee's Elizabeth Bowen: An Estimation, Notes & Queries, Vol. 30, No. 4 (August 1983), 377-8.
  • 'The Mystery of the Missing Manuscript', Times Higher Education Supplement, 1 June, 1984, 13. (Full-page article on my discovery of the MS of Vile Bodies.)
  • 'In Search of Himselves: An Essay on the Autobiographical Writings of Graham Greene', Prose Studies, Vol. 8, No. 2 (Autumn 1985), 139-155; reprinted in Philip Dodd (ed.), Modern Selves (Frank Cass, 1986). (5,000-word essay.)
  • Reviews of Thomas C. Moser's The Life in the Fiction of Ford Madox Ford and Robert Green's Ford Madox Ford: Prose and Politics, Modern Language Review, Vol. 79 (1984), 684 (1,000 words).
  • Reviews of Robert Murray Davis's A Catalogue of the Evelyn Waugh Collection ... University of Texas ... and Calvin W. Lane's Evelyn Waugh, Modern Language Review, Vol. 80 (1985), 136-7 (1,000 words).
  • Review of Ian Littlewood's Evelyn Waugh, Modern Language Review, Vol. 81 (1986), 466-7 (1,000 words).
  • 'The Men Running Up To Bowl: Aspects of Stasis in Larkin and Amis', Ideas and Production (Issue IX-X, February 1989), 45-56 (5,000-word essay in special issue: 'Culture and Experience in the Nineteen Fifties').
  • 'Killing Time', National Review, 29 September, 1989, 55-57 (1,500-word review of Norman Sherry's The Life of Graham Greene).
  • 'Dickens on Fire: Burning Issues in Bleak House', Proceedings of the English Association North, Vol. V (1990), 16-29 (5,000-word essay.)
  • Review of Peter F. Alexander's William Plomer: A BiographyModern Language Review, Vol. 86 (1991), 996-98.
  • Review of Dido Davis's William Gerhardie: A Biography, Modern Language Review, Vol. 87 (1992), 184-86.
  • Review of Sebastian D. G. Knowles's A Purgatorial Flame: Seven British Writers in the Second World War, Modern Language Review, Vol. 87 (1992), 452-53.
  • 'Literary Biography', Literature Matters (British Council magazine), September 1992, 6-7 (1,200-word essay responding to Michael Holroyd).
  • 'Always Successful, Always out of Fashion', New York Times Book  Review, 22 August, 1993, 3 (full-page review of Stephen Gardiner's Epstein. Artist Against the Establishment).
  • 'Enter Shrieking', New York Times Book Review, December 1993, 6 (1000-word review of Charlotte Mosley's Love From Nancy. The Letters of Nancy Mitford).
  • Obituary of Evelyn Nightingale, Daily Mail, 14 April, 1994 (500 words).
  • 'Extending Copyright', The Author (Journal of The Society of Authors), Vol. CV, No. 4 (Winter 1994), 144-45. (1,200-word essay on the implications of new EC copyright legislation.)
  • 'Getting to the Heart of the Matter', National Review, 6 February, 1995, 67-8 (1,200-word review of Norman Sherry's The Life of Graham Greene:1939-55).
  • 'My Dear Pacifica', Times Literary Supplement, 7 April, 1995, 22 (2,000-word (full-page) review of Sondra J. Stang and Karen Cochran, (eds.), The  Correspondence of Ford Madox Ford and Stella Bowen).
  • 'A Less Than Honorable Man?', New York Times Book Review, 2 July, 1995, 9-10. (1,000-word review of Michael Shelden's Graham Greene. The Enemy Within).
  • ‘The Art of Lying’, New York Times Book Review, 30 June, 1996, 34 (1,000-word review of Max Saunders’s Ford Madox Ford: A Dual Life. Vol. 1).
  • 'The Necrophiliac Art?' in The Literary Biography: Problems and Solutions, ed. Dale Salwak (Macmillan, 1996), pp. 32-40 (3,500-word essay).
  • ‘Odd Man Out’, Essays in Criticism, Vol. XLVII, No. 3 (July 1997), 263-270 (3,000-word review of Morton N. Cohen’s Lewis Carroll. A Biography).
  • ‘Intention and Execution: MSS and the Problems of Copy-Text in Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier’ in Scenes of Change ed. Carla Dente and Jane Everson (Pisa: Edizione ETS, 1998), pp. 93-107 (5,000-word essay).
  • 'A Matter of Life and Death’in Warwick Gould and Tom Staley (eds), Writing the Lives of Writers (Macmillan, 1998), pp. 1-18 (5,000-word  essay).
  • ‘The Letter Killeth’, Spectator, Vol. 280, No. 8861 (6 June, 1998), 36-37 (2,500-word article re. the controversy over Muriel Spark’s racial origins). [Also letter to the Editor in reply to David Daiches’ response, Spectator, Vol. 280, No. 8862 (13 June, 1998), 13, and two other letters to the Editor on the racial origins dispute: Sunday Telegraph, 22 March, 1998, 32; Scotsman, 26 March, 1988.]
  • ‘From Martin Stannard’s Biography of Muriel Spark’, Writers’ Awards: A Sample of Writing to Commemorate the Writers’ Awards of June 10, 1998 (Arts Council, 1998), pp. 36-40.
  • ‘Lost and Found Department’, Spectator, Vol. 281, Nos. 8889-90 (19-26 December 1998), 14-15 (1,000-word review of Ann Pasternak Slater (ed.), Evelyn Waugh: The Complete Short Stories).
  • Review of John Howard Wilson, Evelyn Waugh. A Literary Biography (Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1996), Year’s Work in English Studies, 29 (1999), 320-21 (500 words).
  • ‘Franklin Speaking?’, Biography: An Interdisciplinary Quarterly, Vol. 22 (Spring 1999), 262- 66 (2,300-word review-essay of Jill Ker Conway’s When Memory Speaks: Reflections on Autobiography).
  • ‘The Society of Authors’, CCUE News, Issue 11 (Summer 1999), 11  (1,000-word article).
  • ‘Death, Love and Filthy Lucan’, Spectator, Vol. 285, No. 8978 (2 September, 2000), 33-34 (1,700-word review of Muriel Spark’s Aiding and Abetting).
  • Review of Paula A. Backsheider, Reflections on Biography (OUP, 1999), YES, 32 (2000), 314-16.
  • The Good Soldier: Editorial Problems’ in Robert Hampson and Max Saunders (eds.), Ford Madox Ford’s Modernity (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2003), pp. 137-148 (5,000-word essay).
  • 'Nativities: Muriel Spark, Baudelaire, and the Quest for Religious Faith', Review of English Studies, New Series, Vol. 55, No. 218 (2003), 91-105 (6,000-word essay).
  • Review of Martin MacQuillan (ed.), Theorising Muriel Spark: Gender, Race, Deconstruction (Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave, 2002), MLR, 99 . 3 (2004), 762-64.
  • ‘Ford, Soldiers and Transubstantiation’ in Douglas Burnham and Enrico Giaccherini (eds.), The Poetics of Transubstantiation (London: Ashgate, 2004), pp. 104-117 (5,000-word essay)
  • ‘Evelyn Waugh’ in New Dictionary of National Biography (2005) (7,400 words)
  • ‘Obituary: Dame Muriel Spark’, Scotsman, 17 April, 2006, 21 (2,000 words).
  • ‘Obituary: Muriel Spark’, Tablet, 22 April, 2006, 36 (1,000 words).
  • ‘Muriel Spark’ in David Kastan (ed.), The Oxford Encyclopedia of British Literature, Vol. 5 (New  York: Oxford University Press, 2006), pp. 63-66 (3,000 words).
  • ‘“In Search of a City”: Evelyn Waugh, Humanism and English Gothic in A Handful of Dust’, Connotations: A Journal for Critical Debate, Vol. 14, Nos. 1-3 (2004/2005), 183-204 (7,000 words, published September 2006).
  • Review of Sarah Haslam (ed.), Ford Madox Ford and the City (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2005), Review of English Studies 57. 230 (2006), 428-30.
  • 'Tales of Passion’, Studies in the Novel, Vol. 39, No. 1 (2007), 105-113 (essay-review of three Ford books: vols. 1 and 3 of International Ford Madox Ford Studies (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2002 and 2004) and Joseph Wiesenfarth, Ford Madox Ford and the Regiment of Women (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2005), 3,500 words).
  • Review of Peter France and William St Clair (eds.), Mapping Lives: The Uses of Biography (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press for the British Academy, 2002), MLR, 103 . 3 (2008), 727-28.
  • Review of Nigel Hamilton, Biography: A Brief History (Cambridge, MA, London: Harvard University Press, 2007), MLR, 103 . 3 (2008), 822-23.
  • ‘Fording Holbein’, in Laura Colombino (ed.), Ford Madox Ford and Visual Culture (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2009), 135-50 (7,000-word essay).
  • ‘A Girl of Slender Means’, 4,000-word extract from Muriel Spark: The Biography, Guardian Review, 18 July, 2009, 2-4.
  • ‘Meeting Muriel Spark’, Sunday Times, Books, 26 July, 2009, 8-9 (3,000-word article).
  • ‘Muriel Spark’, New DNB Supplement (Jan. 2010, 7,000 words)
  • ‘Cutting Remarks: What Went Missing From The Good Soldier’, in Jason Harding (ed.), Ford Madox Ford, Modernist Magazines and Editing (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2010), pp. 229-42 (5,000-word essay).
  •  ‘Going South for Air: Ford Madox Ford’s Provence’ in Dominique Lemarchal and Claire Davison-Pégon (eds.), Ford Madox Ford, France and Provence (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011), pp. 343-50 (3,100-word essay). 
  •  ‘The Good, The Bad and The Numinously Co-Mingling’, review of David Herman (ed.), Muriel Spark: Twenty-First Century Perspectives (Baltimore: The John Hopkins University Press, 2010) in Scottish Literary Review, Vol. 3, No. 2 (Autumn/Winter 2011), pp.242-45 (848 words). 
  •  ‘Unlucky Jim’, review of Anthony Thwaite (ed.), Philip Larkin: Letters to Monica (London: Faber and Faber in association with the Bodleian Library, 2010), New Walk, 2 (Spring/Summer 2011), pp. 17-19.
  •  ‘Venice Observed: East Meets West in Muriel Spark’s Territorial Rights’ in Kirsten Sandrock and Owain Wright (eds.), East and West in British-Italian Transactions (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2013), pp. 169-180 (5,000-word essay).
  • ‘Mapping No-Man’s Land’, review of Thomas Dilworth, David Jones in the Great War (Enitharmon Press, 2013), Tablet, 26 January 2013, 21 (950 words).

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