More for Waugh scholars than for admirers of his fiction, this massive volume brings together nearly 50 years of book-reviews, newspaper columns, letters-to-the-editor, and essays. The earliest pieces, 1917-1930, include some mild society-satires, stern musings on Youth ("this crazy and sterile generation"), an essay on Waugh specialty Rossetti (a recurring subject throughout)—as well as an impressive paean to Henry Green's "neglected masterpiece" Living, with a sideswipe at literary critics. ("They are young ladies, not outstandingly brilliant at anything, who have failed to make a success with poultry.") The 1930s bring Waugh's conversion to Catholicism, with the first of his many tetchy religious polemics; even more knowingly abrasive are his political commentaries—praising Italy's action in Ethiopia, arguing the "many redeeming virtues" of slavery, but insistently distinguishing his conservatism from fascism; the period's book-review standouts are bouquets for Wodehouse, brickbats for Huxley ("the old Golden Bough trouble at its worst"), and keen recognition of Georges Bernanos' talent. And the postwar years are largely dominated by longer, less pithy restatements of Waugh's Catholic/ conservative viewpoints: grapplings with the not-quite-orthodox Catholic fiction of Graham Greene; attacks on Tito's anti-Christian regime; arguments against Vatican modernizations in the 1960s; put-downs of Hollywood, including a sketch for The Loved One; and, as always, tight-lipped scoldings of the Young—from literary rabble-rouser John Wain to ill-bred oafs who no longer change into evening dress for dinner. Throughout, there's less sharp humor than one might expect. (Most nastily amusing: a send-up of dense, distorting foreign journalists.) The subject-matters are often narrow, idiosyncratic, or merely the stuff of workaday-journalism. But connoisseurs of the graver Waugh styles will find stretches of elegant prose in every decade; and Gallagher's extensive introductory material (plus a ten-page list of the articles not included here) helps to make this a substantial addition to the Waughreference shelf.
Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.
Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").
This early reader is an excellent introduction to the March on Washington in 1963 and the important role in the march played by Martin Luther King Jr. Ruffin gives the book a good, dramatic start: “August 28, 1963. It is a hot summer day in Washington, D.C. More than 250,00 people are pouring into the city.” They have come to protest the treatment of African-Americans here in the US. With stirring original artwork mixed with photographs of the events (and the segregationist policies in the South, such as separate drinking fountains and entrances to public buildings), Ruffin writes of how an end to slavery didn’t mark true equality and that these rights had to be fought for—through marches and sit-ins and words, particularly those of Dr. King, and particularly on that fateful day in Washington. Within a year the Civil Rights Act of 1964 had been passed: “It does not change everything. But it is a beginning.” Lots of visual cues will help new readers through the fairly simple text, but it is the power of the story that will keep them turning the pages. (Easy reader. 6-8)