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“as good a model”

“All I really knew about what [Harold] Ross wished me to write was that it must be precisely accurate, highly personal, colorful, and ocularly descriptive; and that for sentence style, Gibbon was as good a model as I could bring … Continue reading

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2008 Books Read

… in the order in which I finished them, understanding that very often I read many books at the same time. I count re-read books, by the way. I’ll include links to any posts or book excerpts I might have … Continue reading

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The New Brideshead And the Whole Waugh Thing in General

Really interesting article about the so-far-unsuccessful attempts to bring Evelyn Waugh’s various books to the screen (big and small). I remember the Brideshead miniseries – anyone who was alive at that time HAD to be aware of it – it … Continue reading

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The Books: “Decline and Fall” (Evelyn Waugh)

Daily Book Excerpt: Adult fiction: Decline and Fall, by Evelyn Waugh I just read this book a month or so ago (thoughts about it here). It made me laugh out loud. From page one. It was Evelyn Waugh’s first novel … Continue reading

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Snapshots

— Finished Decline and Fall (I talked about it here). In the last 5 pages, Waugh breaks out the brilliance of his message, going from covert to overt. He truly amazes me. I never stopped laughing – but the ending … Continue reading

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Decline and Fall, by Evelyn Waugh

Decline and Fall is Evelyn Waugh’s first novel. I’m reading it right now. I had so much fun last year reading Scoop, his hilarious spoof on foreign journalism, particularly war journalists – that I am moving on to his other … Continue reading

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The Books: “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (Edward Gibbon)

I’m on my history bookshelf. Next book on this shelf is called The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (Penguin Classics) by Edward Gibbon. It’s one of those things where you say … uh … SOME … Continue reading

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LM Montgomery on “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire”, by Edward Gibbon

LM Montgomery read the entire 3-volume thing 3 or 4 times in her life. She loved it. I read it, because she read it. I’m nuts. But it is extraordinary indeed. “I am on my third volume of him now … Continue reading

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LM Montgomery on “Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” by Edward Gibbon

More on Decline and Fall. “I finished ‘Decline and Fall’ this evening. It is the third time I have read it…It is a monumental piece of work. I know of no historian so coldly impersonal as Gibbon. He seems more … Continue reading

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Macrinus

It had hitherto been considered as a fundamental maxim of the constitution, that the emperor must be always chosen in the senate, and the sovereign power, no longer exercised by the whole body, was always delegated to one of its … Continue reading

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