Academic journal article Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies

Evelyn Waugh and the Battle of Crete

Academic journal article Evelyn Waugh Newsletter and Studies

Evelyn Waugh and the Battle of Crete

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Dominic Green (see, inter alia, this recent article: https://www.weeklystandard.com/dominic-green/from-memory-to-myth-the-adventures-of-patrick-leigh-fermor), contacted the editors to gauge interest in a possible group trip to Crete, in 2019.

He has been kind enough to sketch out two options: An eight-day tour with a close focus on Waugh, The Sword of Honour, and the Battle of Crete; and an eleven-day tour which also includes the other literature of wartime Crete (Xan Fielding, Patrick Leigh Fermor, William Moss, Dilys Powell), and the major Minoan site (Knossos) and museum (the Heraklion Archaeological Museum). On experience, Dominic would recommend the eleven-day option, for two reasons:

The Leigh Fermor Society tours attracted PLFS members from the US,
Australia & New Zealand. Some of them were making their first and
probably only visit to Crete. There's much more to the island than the
events of 1941, and visitors may want to see as much as possible.
Knossos, despite Sir Arthur Evans' generosity with the concrete, is a
major site, and the Heraklion Archaeological Museum's Minoan
collections are unparalleled.

Arguably, no other theatre of war produced so much literature per
capita. Adding Dilys Powell, Xan Fielding, Billy Moss and Leigh Fermor
allows us to cover the bigger story in which Waugh landed in May 1941. … 
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