Waugh, Alec (1898-1981)
Scope:
The Alec Waugh collection consists of manuscripts, correspondence, printed material, photographs, diaries, scrapbooks, and other items.

Manuscripts for book-length works by Waugh in the collection include Beyond Stars and Time (1939); In Praise of Wine: and Certain Noble Spirits (Morrow, 1959); The Fuel and the Flame (Farrar and Straus, 1960); A Family of Islands: A History of the West Indies, 1492-1898 (Doubleday, 1964); Mule on the Minaret (Farrar and Straus, 1965); My Brother Evelyn and Other Profiles (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968); Bangkok: Story of a City (Little, Brown, 1970); A Spy in the Family (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1970); The Fatal Gift (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1973); Brief Encounter, based on the play of the same name (W. H. Allen, 1975); A Year to Remember: A Reminiscence of 1931 (W. H. Allen, 1975); The Best Wine Last: An Autobiography Through the Years, 1932-1969 (W. H. Allen, 1978); Loose in the Saddle (unfinished); A Passage in a Pattern, a work used in Second World War; The Year That I’d Soonest Relive (unpublished autobiography); Trouble in Tangier; and Island in the Rain . Also present are drafts of prefaces for a number of Waugh's books.

Manuscripts for short stories by Waugh in the collection consist of sections arranged chronologically. They begin with stories written at Mainz in 1918 and end with those dated after 1949. The collection also includes articles, book reviews, and essays by Waugh (1950-1970s). Several of these shorter items are unpublished; other were published in The National Review (1970s), Esquire , L'Art Internationale, The London Observer, Chandelier, and other periodicals.

Other manuscripts by Waugh in the collection include speeches and lectures (1960s-1970s); several poems; two BBC interview transcripts; and sketches and treatments for stories and other writing projects.

Manuscripts by others in the collection include some pages from a memoir by Evelyn Waugh, some articles and other short pieces by Arthur Waugh, a poem and a speech by Virginia Sorenson, and pieces by Berta Ruck, Geoffrey Hellmann, Duke Hardie, Peter Fleming, and others.

Correspondence in the collection is extensive, and consists of both personal and professional letters. Personal letters include letters Waugh wrote to his parents while serving with the U.S. Army during World War I; letters from Waugh to his family sent during his world travels (1926-1929); other letters from Waugh to his mother (1948-1951); letters to Waugh from other family members, including Virginia Sorenson; letters regarding Waugh's children; and several Christmas and birthday cards sent to Waugh.

Professional letters consist of chronological files of letters from Brandt and Brandt publishers (1945-1969); letters regarding a libel suit against Wyndham Lewis; Married to a Spy; The Fatal Gift ; the movie rights to A Spy in the Family; A Year to Remember; The Best Wine Last; My Brother Evelyn ; and Mule on a Minaret .
Notable correspondents include Charles Addams, Kingsley Amis, William Archer, Betty Askwith, Michael and Patrick Balfour, Nathaniel Benchley, Lawrence Block, Jane Bowles, Paul Bowles, V. C. Buckley, William F. Buckley, Jr., Noel Busch, Gerald Butler, John Chancellor, James Hadley Chase, Cyril Connolly, Noel Coward, L. Sprague de Camp, James Dickey, Bryan Forbes, Malcolm Forbes, Ford Madox Ford, Anthony Glyn, Robert Graves, Shirley Jones, Norman Mailer, Robin and W. Somerset Maugham, John O’Hara, S. J. Perelman, Terrence Rattigan, Siegfried Sassoon, Alan Searle, the Shah of Iran, Alan Sillitoe, Susan Sontag, Virginia Sorenson, Robert Speaight, Carl Van Vechten, Evelyn Waugh, Edmund Wilson, and P. G. Wodehouse.

Printed material in the collection consists of published articles by Waugh, arranged chronologically from the 1920’s to 1980; book reviews of his work; articles about or mentioning Waugh; research material for The Best Wine Last ; book jackets; publicity items; and other miscellaneous items. The collection also has some printed material concerning Arthur Waugh, including poems, short articles and stories by him, and newspaper articles about him. Other printed material concerns Philip Gosse, Rev. R. C. William Raban, and Evelyn Waugh (book reviews, newspaper clippings, and obituaries).

Photographs in the collection includes several images of Waugh, his family (including his parents, grandparents, wife Joan, and children), Waugh with Virginia Sorenson, Sorenson with her family, and other miscellaneous images. Also present is Waugh's wedding album.

Diaries in the collection consist of Waugh's diaries dated 1935-1936; April 1941; pocket diaries / appointment books dating from 1920 to 1979; and several calendars and address books. Also present are the diaries of Arthur Waugh (1931-1943) and Catherine Raban Waugh (1912-1947).

Scrapbooks in the collection consist of one item containing clipped book reviews (1961-1965) for My Place in the Bazaar; The Early Years of Alec Waugh ; and A Family of Islands ; as well as some clippings about trip to Beirut.

Other items include audio recordings of lectures given by Waugh at Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma (1967); medals, maps and newspapers regarding Waugh's service in World War I; various certificates; passports, pencil sketches; and cricket memorabilia.

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Notable Figures
1. Waugh, Alec, 1898-1981