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Evelyn Waugh - Handasyde Buchanan Collection

Identifier: GTM-820103

Scope and contents note

The collection consists of letters and postcards from Evelyn Waugh to bookseller Handasyde Buchanan, concerning books the former wished to acquire or sell.


  • 1946 - 1966

Conditions governing access note

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Biographical note

Evelyn Waugh was an English Catholic writer known for his satirical novels. Born in London in 1903, Waugh studied at Lancing College, Sussex, and Hertford College, Oxford. Soon he devoted himself to writing novels, and he made a name for himself with his satirical writings. In World War II, he served in the Royal Marines and the Royal Horse Guards, and he participated in a military operation to help the Yugoslav Partisans in 1944. Waugh's novels before 1939 include "Decline and Fall" (1928), "Vile Bodies" (1930), "Black Mischief" (1932), "A Handful of Dust" (1934), and "Scoop" (1938). His postwar works, which are more serious in nature, include "Brideshead Revisited" (1945), "Helena" (1950), "Men at Arms" (1952), "Officers and Gentlemen" (1955), and "Unconditional Surrender" (1961). Evelyn Waugh died on April 10, 1966.

[Source: "Encyclopedia Britannica Online."]

Handasyde Buchanan worked at the Heywood Hill bookstore in London starting in 1945; he sometimes told people that he was Heywood Hill. Evelyn Waugh described him as always having the aspect of an "underdog."



0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Evelyn Waugh - Handasyde Buchanan Collection
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