By Daniel Mercieca Daniel is an English Literature Finalist and President of both the English Literature Society and Bede Film Society at Durham University. His main research interest is analysing film as an art form, as well as film/TV adaptations of literature with other strong interests in twentieth-century poetry and poetry of the Romantic period. Dan enjoys the independence of thought, interdisciplinary and experimental aspects of studying English and plans to move on to a Masters course in Film and/or English Literature. Dan loves the novels of Thomas Hardy, Evelyn Waugh, Zadie Smith, Louise Erdrich and Annie Proulx as well as the films of Hitchcock, Aranofsky, Scorsese and Reitman. If he is not reading books or watching films then he is probably sleeping, lifeguarding, playing rugby or attempting to cook.
Evelyn Waugh is best known today for his delicately crafted satirical novels of the 1930s including Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies and Scoop. Only in Waugh do you find such precise comic timing and snappy diction: “Who’s that dear, dim, drunk little man?’ ‘That is the person who shot my son.’ ‘My dear, how too shattering for you. Not dead, I hope?” (Decline and Fall).
When King George V died on 20 January 1936 the world was led to believe that he had died entirely of natural causes. Little did people know at the time that his death had been hastened by his physician in order to ensure that the news was reported first in The Times rather than the afternoon newspapers. It is a matter that can be explored with the help of Gale Primary Sources.
When the name ‘Winston Churchill’ is mentioned, images of a heroic war leader with cigar in mouth and face set in steely determination are usually the first to come to mind. His wartime speeches became iconic in symbolising gung-ho British determination to battle on through endless bloodshed, helping steer Britain through the turmoil of a cataclysmic conflict. Yet, with perhaps less well-known flair, the former Prime Minister proved equally adept on paper. This is evident in his first published material: a series of war letters commissioned for British newspaper The Daily Telegraph. Continue reading →