Online and PDF resources for Evelyn Waugh researchers.

Resources are divided into online collections of Waugh materials, archive catalogues and our pick of the best Waugh websites.

Online Collections

The entire Spectator back-catalogue is available online

Saturday Review

Magazine founded in 1855 covering politics, science, literature and art. Some 20 reviews of Waugh's books are available in this free online collection.

The Spectator

Long-running, right-leaning British magazine. Complete back-catalogue to 2008. Particularly strong on Waugh's legacy.

Evelyn Waugh Studies

Text-searchable PDFs of the complete run of the Evelyn Waugh Newsletter/ Evelyn Waugh Studies from 1967 to the latest edition.

In Our TimeBBC iPlayer Radio

In this episode of In Our Time, Complete Works editor  Ann Pasternak Slater and the late David Bradshaw (Co - Executive Editor, CWEW, 2013 - 2016)d iscuss Waugh's first novel, Decline and Fall.



The Tablet

British Catholic weekly newspaper. Reports on current affairs, politics, religion, social issues, literature and the arts. Full holdings from the newspaper's founding in 1840. Check out 1933 holdings for controversy over Waugh's Black Mischief.

A Bibliography of Evelyn Waugh

Digitised version of Davis et. al.'s 1986 bibliography, with ongoing updates. Currently only available to project editors.

Archive Catalogues

Waugh BBC
The British Library holds a number of Waugh recordings

The British Library

Records for Waugh's incoming correspondence and other miscellaneous papers are available through the library's archive and manuscripts catalogue. Details of audio recordings are available through the sound catalogue.

Evelyn Waugh Collection at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin

The HRC holds the biggest collection of Waugh materials in the world. Robert Murray Davis has produced a detailed catalogue of the holdings, including the archive of A. D. Peters (Waugh’s literary agent), available here as a PDF. If you would like to order copies of items in the collection, Rick Watson can help you to match up the Davis catalogue numbers with the box and file numbers in the HRC's digitised finding aid. Contact Richard Oram for more general enquiries about the collection.

The Huntington Library

The Huntington Library, California, is now home to Loren and Frances Rothschild's Evelyn Waugh collection. Highlights include a series of unpublished letters relating to the risk of a libel lawsuit resulting from the publication in the United States of the The Loved One (1948), a satire of the American funeral and mortician industry. Download a PDF of Gayle Richardson's  Finding Aid for the Evelyn Waugh Papers 1916-2008.


Evelyn Waugh Society
The Evelyn Waugh Society at Waugh's home, Piers Court

Evelyn Waugh Society

The Evelyn Waugh Society promotes interest in and research into the life and works of Evelyn Waugh. It publishes Evelyn Waugh Studies, which is available from the University of Leicester’s Special Collections Online, and hosts a Yahoo! discussion group. Many of our own editors are members of the society.

The Dictionary of National Biography

Evelyn Waugh's entry in OUP's Dictionary of National Biography. Login/subscription required.

Doubting HallDoubting Hall

A guided tour around the works of Evelyn Waugh, with excellent further reading resources, timeline and Waugh quote of the day.


EVELYN! Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love

Biographer Duncan McLaren's site devoted to his unique take on Evelyn Waugh, especially the pivotal years of the late 1920s.

Still Life with Pears
Still Life with Pears (1929) was actually painted by John Banting.
Still Life With Pears by Bruno Hat

Leicester Galleries' history of the Bruno Hat hoax of 1929. Waugh contributed by writing an exhibition catalogue for the fictitious artist.

Studiously Uncool

In 2010, Jules Aimé set himself the task of re-reading Brideshead Revisited for advent, blogging about the book every day. Read his theological musings here.

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