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22:07 

From Paula Byrne's 'Mad World'

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Alec Waugh’s book about 1931, A Year to Remember, gives a detailed account of the scandal and its impact on his brother. He explicitly states that the events of that summer inspired Brideshead Revisited. Refusing to name the peer, even in 1975, the year of the memoir’s publication, Alec decided to call him Lord Marchmain:



In real life Lady Marchmain was the sister of a prominent Duke, and the case was being brought because of a quarrel between her husband and her brother, at her brother’s instigation. A groom for whom Marchmain had formed an attachment many years before was to be cited. The case was never brought because the King intervened. He could not allow a man who had been his own representative to be exposed to scandal. But the case was only dropped on the condition that Marchmain left the country.



Of Hugh, also not named, he writes: ‘His younger son was very good looking, very charming. He was also a very heavy drinker.’ Alec remembered that the wealthy and distinguished bisexual expatriate writer Somerset Maugham, who knew the family well, made the connection between Hugh Lygon and Sebastian Flyte in New York in 1945: ‘We all know, of course, who Sebastian was. A charming boy. He drank himself to death.’ Hugh had stayed with Maugham in the south of France.
Before recounting the story of the Beauchamp affair, Alec Waugh told of another encounter that took place in the summer of 1931. It involved W. Somerset Maugham and a young playwright called Keith Winter, who was a friend of Evelyn’s and Balfour’s. Winter was taken to the Villa Mauresque, where Maugham resided. Various other guests came and went, but Winter spent the night with Willie Maugham, teaching him a new sexual trick with his fingertips. Maugham was reminded of the boys he had enjoyed in Bangkok. Winter hoped to be taken up as Maugham’s new paramour, but Maugham dropped him unceremoniously. And the moral of the story? Winter (also unnamed in Alec’s memoir) went on to become a well-known writer, married with three children, a presenter for the BBC, a member of the Savile Club, a lecturer in American universities. Alec Waugh’s message is clear: promiscuous homosexuality is not in itself an impediment to success in life. As with Alec’s own disgrace at Sherborne, it was the discovery and not the act that did the damage. Boom’s big mistake was to get busted.




@темы: byrne, fairies, i am not i, lady marchmain, lord marchmain, sebastian, they are not they, waugh

21:56 

viewfromthisside: ‘95-14 Oxford New College (360A4)’ (Direct...

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viewfromthisside:



95-14 Oxford New College (360A4)


(Direct Scan)





@темы: oxford

21:49 

misterhippity: Here is what Brideshead Revisited did for the...

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misterhippity:



Here is what Brideshead Revisited did for the name “Sebastian.”


What has your favorite television show done lately?





@темы: I like getting drunk at luncheons, films, sebastian

05:55 

There are lots of us

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04:47 

"Gosspis and sneers circulated in high society [about lord Beauchamp]: ‘Well, you must expect..."

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“Gosspis and sneers circulated in high society [about lord Beauchamp]: ‘Well, you must expect anything from a man that has his private chapel decorated like a barber’s pole and an ice-cream barrow’.”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: byrne, fairies, i am not i, lord marchmain, motifs, religion, they are not they

11:40 

In the mail today :-)

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In the mail today :-)




@темы: I like getting drunk at luncheons, books

05:55 

Epicene beauty

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04:51 

"Evelyn [Waugh] saw the hit revue ‘Blakbirds’ many times, once with Alistair [Graham]...."

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“Evelyn [Waugh] saw the hit revue ‘Blakbirds’ many times, once with Alistair [Graham]. […] On another occasion he saw the show and met its start, Florence Mills, in her dressing room afterwards.”

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Mad World by Paula Byrne



A party was being given that night in Regent’s Park for the “Black Birds,” who had newly arrived in England. One of us had been asked and thither we all went.
[…]
“Is the party going well?” she asked anxiously. “D’you think Florence Mills would sing? We’ve met before,” she added to Anthony.
“Often, my dear, but you never asked me to-night.”
“Oh dear, perhaps I don’t like you. I thought I liked everyone.”





@темы: it's a pity neither of us can sing, motifs

03:40 

dastodd: Walking the Quads on Flickr.

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02:34 

"It was supposedly Alec Waugh [brother of Evelyn Waugh] who invented the cocktail party."

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“It was supposedly Alec Waugh [brother of Evelyn Waugh] who invented the cocktail party.”

- Mad World by Paula Byrne


@темы: byrne, grave sins, waugh

01:28 

Author Waugh's old home for sale

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Piers Court
The oldest parts of Piers Court date back to the Elizabethan era

The mansion where author Evelyn Waugh penned some of his most popular work is up for sale for


@темы: waugh

00:21 

bridesheadcastle: Old Quad of Hertford College.

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bridesheadcastle:



Old Quad of Hertford College.





@темы: oxford, charles

23:14 

Waugh and Wales

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Evelyn Waugh: We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales.

Auberon Waugh: [J.R.R. Tolkien] will be remembered for the important discovery that “Wales” is the plural of “Waugh”.




@темы: I like getting drunk at luncheons, waugh

22:07 

icecreamontoast: untitled by thimble and violet on Flickr.

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09:51 

Penguin Mug -Vile Bodies, Evelyn Waugh

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05:55 

peutetreoui: Castle Howard, England. by daylong on Flickr.

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04:50 

jenncamach: While at Oxford.. It just looked so pretty, I had...

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jenncamach:



While at Oxford.. It just looked so pretty, I had to take a piccy.





@темы: oxford

03:40 

stagnantt: Oxford by yoJoebosolo on Flickr.

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02:35 

deadtoreality: Fisher Road in Oxford, England. July 2010.

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deadtoreality:



Fisher Road in Oxford, England. July 2010.





@темы: oxford

01:30 

That is what happens to me every time I open Brideshead.

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That is what happens to me every time I open Brideshead.




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