New Book – Further Letters and Prose Pieces with Anecdotes about Evan by ~Will Cross

 

 

Mann, Cathleen; Evan Frederick Morgan (1893-1949), 2nd Viscount Tredegar (2nd Creation); National Trust, Tredegar House; http://www.artuk.org/artworks/evan-frederick-morgan-18931949-2nd-viscount-tredegar-2nd-creation-156489

NEW BOOK

by

Will Cross and Hon. Evan Frederick Morgan

Synopsis of the book.

Evan, Lord Tredegar  Further Letters and Prose Pieces with Anecdotes about Evan

This second literary compilation from Evan Morgan’s biographer William
Cross offers more interesting letters and several curious prose pieces
that adds weight to those already swept into the anthology “ Evan, Lord
Tredegar, Selected Letters, Prose and Quotations: The Mystic Muse of Evan
Frederic Morgan” ISBN 978-1905914-33-3, published in 2015.
Among the letters included are those to the Welsh artist Augustus John, to
The Archbishop of Cardiff, Francis Mostyn and to Marie Stopes who was
involved with Evan and others in the campaign to try to secure a pension
for Lord ‘ Bosie’ Douglas. Other nuggets include two odd-ball letters
featuring Evan from Aldous Huxley – his friend from the tragically
insecure days spent at Lady Ottoline Morrell’s Garsington Manor during
the Great War. Here too are the letters from Evan to Frances Stevenson,
David Lloyd George’s private secretary and mistress; Frances later dubbed
Evan “ a hopeless liar and thoroughly degenerate”. The new prose pieces
include Evan’s essay on “ Youth”, his personal views of what men and
women of the 1920s would have made the ideal Prime Minister’s inner
Cabinet, and a curiously vain piece about “ This Age of Vulgarity” as
well as an equally heady essay entitled “ I Believe in the Roman Catholic
Church”. Light relief is provided with a cache of anecdotes about Evan
some true, others that need to be treated with caution.
This very limited issue is a ‘must have’ title for Evan fanciers as well as
anyone studying the past, social history and eccentric personalities of
the era of the pre – WW2 world not only amongst the privileged classes.

 Copies available by post direct from author are £7.00 including p &p UK only. The book is also on AMAZON.  Limited Issue Signed by the Author.

ISBN 10 1-905914-38-5 ISBN 13 978-1-905914-38-8
Published by William P. Cross
Book Midden Publishing
58 Sutton Road Newport Gwent
NP19 7JF United Kingdom

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Aspects of Evan: The Last Viscount Tredegar

Aspects of Evan: The Last Viscount Tredegar

A New Book >From Monty Dart and William Cross

With a full transcript of Evan’s Court Martial for offences against the Official Secrets Acts

 

About The Book

 

Morgan, poet, artist, and escapist, the last Viscount Tredegar shocked his way through 

Eton, Oxford, Rome, North Africa, Bali, Canada and America.

The Bright Young Things of London’s Café Royal Society toasted him in aphorisms.

Ogling dowagers indulged him

Whilst his straight-laced  ‘hunting, shooting and fishing’ family was shaken by his escapades.

In the Great War he dodged rat-infested trenches on account of a weak chest.

Claiming he was renouncing pleasure and his birth right,

He turned to mysticism and Roman Catholicism, studying at Beda College, Rome,

Whilst acting as a Papal Chamberlain at the Vatican.

In WW2 he was working at Wing House, in the Special Section Carrier Pigeon Service.

An incautious comment in front of two visitors from the Girl Guide movement

They were at Wing House as part of a  publicity campaign for the Guides lead to his downfall.

The irony is, that Evan, who claimed a special affinity to birds,

Should be brought down to earth by a carrier pigeon!

This book will amuse and inform ‘Evanites’

With nearly 500 footnotes for scholars who wish to follow up his erratic but fascinating life.

An Extract from ‘Aspects of Evan’ : An Eccentric and a Fantasist

 

Evan Morgan was one of the Bright Young People. In the years between the two world wars of the last century he rejoiced in being a part of that irreverent faction of well-off, immoral pleasure seekers who sought unlimited thrills, with little care for the consequences of their own actions.  Stephen Fry’s film Bright Young Things  captures the high spirits and high jinxes of the toffs, like Evan, with nothing better to do with their lives than to indulge themselves and each other. Evan is seen by one historian as just an “onlooker”  ,  but he  cherished being  dubbed by another scribe  “ a leader and inspiration of the Bright Young People.”  He was always on “bowing terms”  with all the “fatuous, smirking male-flowers”  of that “gin-soaked, jazz-syncopated, frivolous time.” Evan surely remains one of the fabulous aristocratic eccentrics of that bygone age of the hedonistic 1920s and 1930s, when he was best known as the Hon. Evan Morgan or Evan Tredegar.  His own creation, he was a seemingly unstoppable fantasist whose antics are captured in anecdotes, references and footnotes in a galaxy of memoirs and diaries of his often more acclaimed and better achieved contemporaries.

 

http://evan-morgan-last-viscount-tredegar.yolasite.com/

Aspects of Evan published on 10 December 2012

Book Midden Publishing – ISBN 10  1-90591415-6/ISBN 13  978-1-905914-15-9

For further information contact William Cross, by e-mail

williecross@virginmedia.com

For anyone who desires a novel-size glimpse of  the incomparable Evan, he is caricatured in several books, for instance in comical terms as Ivor Lombard in Aldous Huxley’s Crome Yellow and more extraordinarily and farcically as the Hon. Eddy Monteith in Ronald Firbank’s satire The Flower Beneath the Foot.

This link will guide you to the digital book, which you can read on line or download.

http://archive.org/details/flowerbeneathfoo00firbuoft

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