A Collection of Seven Unpublished Autograph Letters to Christopher Sykes

WAUGH, Evelyn

LETTERS FROM WAUGH TO HIS BIOGRAPHER

WAUGH, Evelyn A Collection of Seven Unpublished Autograph Letters to Christopher Sykes

1961.

Four letters on Combe Florey letterpaper and three on correspondence card, from the estate of Christopher Sykes. One letter of seven housed in an envelope marked "Letters not given to Mr Amory". Mark Amory was the editor of The Letters Of Evelyn Waugh.

Correspondence from Waugh to his close friend and fellow author Christopher Sykes, who also authored Waugh's biography.
(i) January 1961. An unpublished letter written in self-consciously absurd, heavily Anglicised French. One side of Combe Florey House letter paper (single foolscap sheet, approx. 200 words in total), addressed "Cher Beau Laid", signed with the soubriquet "Welenski", and dated 1961 in Sykes's hand in pencil.
(ii) "11 Jan 1961". An unpublished card from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes. One side of a Combe Florey House postcard, addressed and stamped on the reverse, signed "E. Waugh (late Pinfold)".
(iii) "20 Jan 1961". An unpublished card from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes. One side of a Combe Florey House postcard, addressed and stamped on the reverse.
(iv) "22nd June 1961". A jovial, unpublished letter from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes, discussing his recent stay in London to record his BBC programme 'An Act of Homage and Reparation to P.G. Wodehouse' on 20 June 1961, produced by Sykes. One side of Combe Florey House letter paper (single foolscap sheet, approx. 200 words in total), signed "E. Waugh".
(v) [October 1962]. A jovial, unpublished letter from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes, asking if he and Sykes can spend a weekend in London together. One side of Combe Florey House letter paper (single foolscap sheet, approx. 250 words in total), signed with the soubriquet "Soblen".
(vi) [1963]. An unpublished, gossipy, card from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes. One side of a Combe Florey House postcard.
(vii) "7th August 63". An unpublished letter from Evelyn Waugh to Christopher Sykes, discussing the Profumo affair, as well as literary and social matters. One side of Combe Florey House letter paper (single foolscap sheet, approx. 260 words in total), addressed "Dear Canon Ward", signed with the soubriquet "Profumo Keeler Waldorf Astor", and dated "7th August 63, Sir Algar Howard's 83rd birthday".
The letters, which begin with discussions about the P. G. Wodehouse broadcast by Waugh that Sykes produced for the BBC, show Waugh on song and quintessentially acerbic.

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