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Boston College collection of Evelyn Waugh

Collection MS-1986-053: Boston College collection of Evelyn Waugh


  • Creation: 1940 - 1982

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two autographed letters from Waugh, two reviews related to his work, and a single corrected typescript of Evelyn Waugh's novel, Put Out More Flags.


Restrictions on Access

Collection is open for research.

Restrictions on use

These materials are made available for use in research, teaching and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright Law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source. The original authors may retain copyright to the materials.

Biographical note

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was born in London in 1903. The son of a publisher, Waugh was educated at Lancing College and then at Hertford College, Oxford. Originally trained as a teacher, Waugh quit teaching to pursue writing full time and published his first work of fiction in 1925.

Waugh married Evelyn Gardner in 1928. He converted to Catholicism in 1930 after his first marriage failed. He married Laura Herbert in 1937, and they had seven children.

Waugh is known primarily for his satirical novels, such as Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), which criticized London society in the early twentieth century. He also produced biographies, travel books, and short stories. He is perhaps best-known for his novel Brideshead Revisited (1945).

Evelyn Waugh died on April 10, 1966.


D. Marcel DeCoste. The Vocation of Evelyn Waugh: Faith and Art in the Post-War Fiction (London: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd, 2015)

“Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh,” Oxford Dictionary of National Biography Online, accessed 30 October 2010.


.75 Linear Feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



This collection contains materials concerning Evelyn Waugh, a British Catholic writer, and includes autographed letters, reviews, and a manuscript of Put Out More Flags.


Organized into three series: I. Correspondence, II. Reviews, and III. Manuscript.


Because the current accessioning system was not used until January 1986, it is not possible to know exactly the dates of acquisition of materials received before that time.

Related Materials

Phillip Caraman, SJ papers, MS.1998.030, John J. Burns Library, Boston College.

Boston College Collection of Evelyn Waugh
Jennifer Fait, Fall 2006; edited by Amy Braitsch, January 2007; Rachael Young
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Repository Details

Part of the John J. Burns Library Repository

John J. Burns Library
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill MA 02467 United States