'No Abiding City': Evelyn Waugh and America

The writer Evelyn Waugh is famous for many reasons: A sparkling wit, an acerbic tongue, a prolific literary output. Especially in Oxford, Waugh's ghost is never far away. And thanks in part to a deep friendship with former Campion Master Martin D'Arcy, SJ, Waugh's relationship to this Hall in particular was always strong. 

The British author's relationship to America was decidedly more ambivalent. Though he lampooned many American traits in novels such as The Loved One, Waugh nevertheless came away from his visits to America impressed by the country's religious sensibilities. On Friday 3rd March, Professor Martin Stannard, professor of modern English literature at the University of Leicester, will visit Campion Hall and explore the theme of Waugh in America. Prof. Stannard is a well regarded expert on Evelyn Waugh and the author of a critically acclaimed two-part biography of the novelist; Prof. Stannard has also published, in 2009, a highly acclaimed biography of Muriel Spark. This lecture is made possible with the generous support of the Anthony Burgess Foundation

Spots are limited, but if you'd like to make an inquiry about attending, please email master@campion.ox.ac.uk