Monday, July 12, 2010

Open Enrollment

It appears I have gotten a little ahead of myself: it has been brought to my attention that before the voting on the description can take place we need some more members.

Therefore we have decided to accept applications for membership starting immediately. And although we are a new club we are also very particular about who can and who cannot join, since it would be unseemly to have the place overrun with riffraff from the get-go, so let's all be sports about it and not make a fuss if you don't get in. To apply please leave a comment that expresses your love and devotion for Mr. Evelyn Waugh, list any awards you have received (please do not invent awards to impress the EVOs (Evelyn Waugh Officers)), and any other information you think might be relevant to your participation here; please note that I can’t promise to read more than a couple sentences if the thing even hints at turning into a personal production of drivel.

For the sake of transparency and respectability I will keep an up-to-date list of who is in and who is out, which you can find on the right hand side of this very website. If you have submitted an application but do not see your name on either list then you are still under consideration. However, if you find it necessary to send an email in the meantime insinuating that perhaps your application has been lost, then you will be moved immediately to the “out” list.

Good Day.


  1. Esteemed Directours,

    The present is to solicit inscription in the august scheme you are about to launch upon the world.

    I have no qualifications; rather I am spectacularly and even dazzlingly unpossessed of any quality that might recommend me to your society.

    I have never read any of Mr. Waugh's work. I did once, however, at a used book sale to benefit the local chapter of the AAUW, discover a somewhat tattered copy of The Loved One. The author's name stirred some vague souvenir and so (and because it was cheap) I obtained its purchase.

    I will read it someday.

    Yours, ever,
    Richard "Dick" Dandelion

  2. Hi, so Mr. Dick there I don't know what he's talking about but I know who Evelyn Waugh is because that's the name I totally check in under when I have to crib up at hotels which is like all the time. Also I don't want to talk about myself too much I mean actually I'm way shy. You should see me at press junkets -- I so hate talking about myself! LOL But what was I saying? Oh yes the point is I know who is this Evelyn Waugh lady and I think that plus me being famous should be enough to get me into your club.


  3. In past several weeks have read books about E.M. Forster,Somerset Maugham Christopher Isherwood. Evelyn Waugh's name kept coming up so I read a biography. Wow!!!! I'm hooked. Watching now 1981 Brideshead movie. Spectacular!!!! Watched also Handful of Dust and Scoop. I'm addicted. Could an American southern Steel Magnolia get in the club? I visit England every year studied at Cambridge for four summers. My maiden name was Milton perhaps explains my love of all things English. Would you let Scarlet join???? Sorry if too wordy.

  4. I am a Canadian. I love Evelyn Waugh. I will preface my comments by saying that I am very common and that if Mr. Waugh were alive today, he wouldn't talk to me. In any case if I were to meet him, I would be so abashed that I would probably say something like, "Me like books heaps alot". He would sign my book and return it in an offhand dismissive manner. I would accept it with grateful thanks. I would say to myself that I still love Mr. Waugh's books in spite of everything.

    I discovered Mr. Waugh when I was going to university. I have read the majority of his books and I have read them in roughly chronological order. My favourites are Vile Bodies, Scoop (because I am Canadian & the Lord Beaverbrook connection fascinates me), of course Brideshead (also with its Canadian connection) and the Trilogy of the Sword. There is a character in the triology named Hooper which is my family name. A very unsympathetic character which Waugh draws as a vapid, empty everyman who moulded perfectly into the colourless egalitarian Britain of the 1950s. This I hold against Mr. Waugh. I wish he had chosen, say, Smith or Smythe.

    I find his later books sad and hard to read. I wish I could write like he wrote, but I can't and in any case, what's the point in this day and age. There are few people around who can really appreciate the genius of this style of writing.

    Nicolas Xavier Hooper

    Please accept this application into your club. Please get Mr. Waugh's grandson to provide a comment. I'm sure he will.