Biographical / Historical
Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), the noted British novelist and journalist, began his literary career in 1928 with the publication of his first novel Decline and Fall. His later novels include such masterpeces as Brideshead Revisited (1945), Men at Arms (1952), and The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957). His output also includes a considerable body of travel literature such as Tourist in Africa (1960), and Remote People (1932). During his lifetime, Waugh's figure was surrounded by controversy. His life had the same elements of satire and intellectual brilliance that can be found in his novels. He was charitable and yet stubborn; deeply religious and yet arrogant. Despite the fact that he was at times, difficult to deal with, he was friends with many other prominent figures of his times, including Graham Greene, Nancy Mitford and Ian Fleming. Waugh was first married in 1928, to Evelyn Gardner. The marriage was annulled and in 1937, he wed Laura Herbert, with whom he had six children. On April 10th, 1966 Waugh died of a heart attack in his house at Combe Florey.
Leonard Russell (1906-1974) was best known as the literary editor of "The Sunday Times." Born in London, England in 1906, he pursued a career as an editor. Early on, he worked as an editor for "The Daily Telegraph." In 1933, Russell joined "The Sunday Times," and in 1945, he was promited its literary editor. He worked there though 1954. Russell published "The Pearl of Days," an unofficial history of "The Sunday Times." He married film critic Dilys Powell in 1943. Leonard Russell died in 1974.
[Source: Biographical Sketch from finding aid to Leonard Russell Letters at the Harry Ransome Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin].