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Arthur Jones collection of Evelyn Waugh materials

 Collection
Identifier: SC-031

Scope and Contents

The Arthur Jones collection of Evelyn Waugh materials, 1998-2003, consists of correspondence, research materials, and manuscript drafts related to a biography Jones planned to write about Waugh. The correspondence includes copies of emails Jones sent and received from libraries and archives in the United States and England. The research materials consist of newspaper clippings and letters from academic institutions, photographs, Jones' written notes, and a copy of Dr. Nicholas Varga's essay, "Evelyn Waugh in Baltimore: 1948-1949." In addition, there are excerpts of books about Waugh and copies of correspondence between Waugh and Vincent Whelan from the Harvey Ransom Center of Humanities at the University of Texas, Austin. Jones' correspondence alludes to growing difficulty writing a Waugh biography. The manuscripts and drafts reflect this difficulty through title changes, heavy editing, and the transition from a book to an essay.

Dates

  • 1998 - 2003

Creator

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is located at the Loyola Notre Dame Library. Contact Archives and Special Collections for more information.

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Arthur Jones collection of Evelyn Waugh materials is the physical property of Archives and Special Collections, Loyola Notre Dame Library. Copyright, except in cases where material has passed into the public domain, belongs to the authors or their legal heirs and assigns.

Biographical / Historical

Arthur Jones was born in Liverpool, England in 1936. He earned an economics degree from Ruskin College, Oxford then moved to the United States in 1958, following a stint in the Royal Air Force. Jones began his writing career with Gannett newspapers, then in 1962, he joined the Catholic Star-Herald in Camden, New Jersey. He was the only Western journalist to report directly from Cuba in 1963. Jones joined Forbes magazine in 1969 as the European bureau chief then began his 44-year career with the National Catholic Reporter as an editor in 1975. He has written several books about sprituality and economics along with celebrated biographies of Malcolm Forbes, Pierre Toussaint, and M. Scott Peck. Jones lives in rural Maryland and remains editor of the National Catholic Reporter.

Historical information adapted from: http://arthurjonesbooks.com/about (accessed April 2019)

Biographical / Historical

Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh was born on October 28, 1903, in London. He was educated at Lancing College, Sussex, and Hertford College, Oxford. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and the writing of novels, soon earning a reputation for sardonic wit and technical brilliance. During World War II Waugh served in the Royal Marines and the Royal Horse Guards. In 1944 he joined the British military mission to the Yugoslav partisans. After the war he led a retired life in the west of England. He died on April 10, 1966, in Combe Florey, near Taunton, Somerset.

Waugh’s novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Noteworthy satirical pre-war works include Decline and Fall (1928), Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934), and Scoop (1938). Perhaps his best-known novel is Brideshead Revisited (1945), which explored the workings of providence and the recovery of faith among the members of a Roman Catholic landed family (Waugh converted to Catholicism in 1930). In a postwar trilogy – Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and Unconditional Surrender (1961) – Waugh analyzed the struggle between good and evil in World War II. In addition to his novels, Waugh wrote several travel books and biographies.

Historical information adapted from: Britannica.com (accessed April 8, 2019)

Extent

.47 Cubic Feet (1 legal full-size box)

Abstract

The Arthur Jones collection of Evelyn Waugh materials, 1998-2003, consists of correspondence, research materials, and manuscript drafts related to a biography Jones planned to write about Waugh. Arthur Jones was born in Liverpool, England in 1936 and moved to the United States in 1958 following a stint in the Royal Air Force. Jones joined Forbes magazine in 1969 as the European bureau chief then began his 44 year career with the National Catholic Reporter as an editor in 1975. Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh was born on October 28, 1903, in London. Perhaps his best-known novel is Brideshead Revisited (1945), which explored the workings of providence and the recovery of faith among the members of a Roman Catholic landed family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

This collection was donated to Loyola University Maryland by Arthur Jones.

Processing Information

This collection was processed in 2019 by Shavonne Munnlyn.
Title
Guide to the Arthur Jones collection of Evelyn Waugh materials
Author
Shavonne Munnlyn
Date
2019
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Language of description note
English

Repository Details

Part of the Loyola Notre Dame Library Archives and Special Collections Repository

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