Square pegs in Waugh circles: C.R.M.F. Cruttwell and his profile.

Gallagher, Donatus (2015) Square pegs in Waugh circles: C.R.M.F. Cruttwell and his profile. In: Evelyn Waugh and his circle: reading and editing the complete works. From: Evelyn Waugh and his circles: reading and editing the complete works, 24-26 April 2015, Leicester, UK.

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[Extract] It is the common fate of educators to be mocked by the young. And if one were to believe the swarm of Google entries - each more categorical than the last - then the ultimate victim of this mockery would be Charles Robert Mowbray Fraser Cruttwell, Tutor, Lecturer, Dean, and Principal of Hertford College, Oxford. the story is that Evelyn Waugh, a former pupil, drove Cruttwell insane (literally) by giving his name to ludicrous characters in novels and that now - what is true - Cruttwell is more famous for being mocked by Waugh than for his monumental history of the Great War. But perspective is needed. As everyone knows, that supremely great Englishmen and critic, Samuel Johnson, was very big, very strong, preternaturally clumsy, and afflicted by startling nervous twitching. Aged 25, Samuel married a plain and little (but not poor) widow, Tetty Porter, aged 45. Luckily it was a love match, blessed by what Johnson called 'amorous heat'. Unluckily, the couple ran a school, and even more unluckily one of their pupils was David Garick, the greatest actor, and the most inspired mimic, of the century. Having peeped through keyholes at the Johnsons' love making, Garrick kept literary London in stitches for decades caricaturing their antics. Move over Cruttwell, you are NOT the saddest victim of pupil-persecution.

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