BL publishes rare Waugh recordings

<p>The British Library released previously unpublished BBC broadcasts of Evelyn Waugh today, the latest in its series of literary spoken word CDs.</p><p>Released to coincide with the 80th anniversary of Waugh&#39;s first novel, <em>Decline and Fall</em>, the recordings are also being made available commercially for the first time. They range from the earliest surviving example of Waugh&#39;s voice (1938) to a speech given at the Royal Society of Literature in 1963, just three years before his death.</p><p>One recording features Waugh in a famously hostile interview for the BBC Home Service series &quot;Frankly Speaking&quot; in which a trio of inquisitors, Charles Wilmot, Jack Davies and Stephen Black, attempt to solicit from Waugh his most illiberal social, cultural and political opinions. </p><p>Stephen Cleary, curator of drama and literature at the British Library Sound Archive, said: &quot;These historic BBC broadcasts offer a rare opportunity to hear Waugh, his writing and his acclaimed wit, expressed in his own voice.&quot;</p><p><em>The Spoken Word: Evelyn Waugh</em> was published today, and the CD is accompanied by a booklet including introductory essay.</p>