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Evelyn Waugh : a biography

Author: Selina Hastings
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, ©1994.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One of the foremost writers of our time, Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics, with a life full of comedy and conflict. Selina Hastings, who was granted unrestricted access to his personal papers by Waugh's family, has uncovered a wealth of new material in her eight years of research for this volume. Letters, diaries, and family photographs shed new light on Waugh's childhood, his affairs  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Evelyn Waugh; Evelyn Waugh
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Selina Hastings
ISBN: 039571821X 9780395718216
OCLC Number: 31608326
Notes: Originally published: London : Sinclair-Stevenson, 1994.
Description: x, 723 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The physical materials --
A world of privacy and love --
The flint-girt fortress --
An enclosed and enchanted garden --
Teaching the mad boys --
My mock marriage --
The island of sanity --
Remote people --
Heavy Catholic trouble --
I have to wait wait wait God it is sad --
Lovely house, lovely wife, great happiness --
Bloodshed avoided at the cost of honour --
My military future is vague --
Age of the common man --
Burrowing ever deeper into the rock --
There is no refuge.
Responsibility: Selina Hastings.

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"One of the foremost writers of our time, Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics, with a life full of comedy and conflict. Selina Hastings, who was granted unrestricted access to his personal papers by Waugh's family, has uncovered a wealth of new material in her eight years of research for this volume. Letters, diaries, and family photographs shed new light on Waugh's childhood, his affairs at Oxford, his ill-fated first marriage and subsequent romantic adventures, his World War II military service, and his enduring but thorny friendships with such notable figures as Diana Cooper, Ann Fleming, and Nancy Mitford." "Perceptive, fascinating, by turns hilarious and tragic, Hastings' portrait gives us Waugh's glittering social life at Oxford, where he was a friend of Harold Acton, Cyril Connolly, Anthony Powell, and Alastair Graham, the inspiration for Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited. Waugh then followed a diverse career as schoolmaster, world traveler, war correspondent, and, as a novelist, one of the brightest lights of Britain's fashionable society. Here in intimate detail are the collapse of Waugh's first marriage and his conversion to the Roman Catholic Church, his second marriage and ambivalence about family life, and the social milieu satirized in such classics as Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies, and A Handful of Dust. Here is Evelyn Waugh in all his extremes, brought brilliantly to life in a thoroughly entertaining biography."--BOOK JACKET.

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