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Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966)

Author of Brideshead Revisited

126+ Works 46,510 Members 827 Reviews 294 Favorited

About the Author

Born in Hampstead and educated at Oxford University, Evelyn Waugh came from a literary family. His elder brother, Alec was a novelist, and his father, Arthur Waugh, was the influential head of a large publishing house. Even in his school days, Waugh showed sings of the profound belief in show more Catholicism and brilliant wit that were to mark his later years. Waugh began publishing his novels in the late 1920's. He joined the Royal Marines at the beginning of World War II and was one of the first to volunteer for commando service. In 1944 he survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia and, while hiding in a cave, corrected the proofs of one of his novels. Waugh's early novels, Decline and Fall (1927), Vile Bodies (1930), and A Handful of Dust (1934), established him as one of the funniest and most brilliant satirists the British had seen in years. He was particularly skillful at poking fun at the scramble for prominence among the upper classes and the struggle between the generations. He lived for a while in Hollywood, about which he wrote The Loved One (1948), a scathing attack on the United States's overly sentimental funeral practices. His greatest works, however, are Brideshead Revisited (1945), which has been made into a highly popular television miniseries, and the trilogy Sword of Honor (1965), composed of Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and The End of the Battle (1961). (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Evelyn Waugh

Brideshead Revisited (1945) 12,718 copies, 263 reviews
A Handful of Dust (1934) 4,438 copies, 92 reviews
Scoop (1938) 3,855 copies, 83 reviews
Decline and Fall (1928) 3,660 copies, 59 reviews
The Loved One (1948) 3,604 copies, 74 reviews
Vile Bodies (1930) 3,524 copies, 61 reviews
Black Mischief (1932) 1,404 copies, 26 reviews
Men at Arms (1952) 1,240 copies, 17 reviews
Put Out More Flags (1942) 1,204 copies, 16 reviews
The Sword of Honour Trilogy (1952) 1,112 copies, 18 reviews
Officers and Gentlemen (1955) 1,092 copies, 8 reviews
The End of the Battle (1961) 969 copies, 5 reviews
The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh (1998) 937 copies, 5 reviews
Helena (1950) 742 copies, 14 reviews
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957) 636 copies, 12 reviews
When the Going Was Good (1946) 558 copies, 8 reviews
Edmund Campion (1935) 532 copies, 3 reviews
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh (1980) 306 copies
The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh (1976) 276 copies, 1 review
Work Suspended and Other Stories (1943) 256 copies, 1 review
A Handful of Dust [and] Decline and Fall (1956) 201 copies, 2 reviews
Ronald Knox (1948) — Author — 180 copies, 1 review
Labels: A Mediterranean Journal (1930) 162 copies, 4 reviews
Remote People (1931) 155 copies, 3 reviews
Waugh Abroad: The Collected Travel Writing (2003) 145 copies, 3 reviews
A Tourist in Africa (1954) 121 copies, 1 review
The Coronation of Haile Selassie (1931) 121 copies, 1 review
Waugh in Abyssinia (1984) 100 copies, 3 reviews
Vile Bodies [and] Black Mischief (1960) 96 copies, 1 review
The Seven Deadly Sins (1961) — Contributor — 89 copies, 1 review
Selected Works (1977) 81 copies, 2 reviews
Scott-King's Modern Europe (1947) 80 copies, 2 reviews
Love Among the Ruins (1953) 61 copies, 3 reviews
Two Lives: Edmund Campion - Ronald Knox (2001) 36 copies, 2 reviews
Robbery Under Law (1939) 35 copies, 2 reviews
Rossetti: His Life and Works (1928) 28 copies, 1 review
Tactical Exercise (1947) 25 copies
The world of Evelyn Waugh (1928) 14 copies
The Holy Places (1953) — Author — 12 copies
Tactical Exercise and Other Late Stories (2011) 7 copies, 1 review
Opere 1930-1957 (1992) 7 copies
The Man Who Liked Dickens [Short story] (2012) 6 copies, 1 review
Prose Memoirs Essays (1980) 6 copies
Wine in peace and war (1947) 6 copies
Trois nouvelles (1994) 5 copies, 1 review
Journal de guerre: (1939-1945) (2019) — Author — 3 copies
Impressions of Spain (1965) 2 copies
Must murjan : romaan (1990) 1 copy
2008 1 copy
Best of Evelyn Waugh (2008) 1 copy
Slepok epokhi (2004) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Complete Stories (1971) — Foreword, some editions — 5,808 copies, 27 reviews
The Seven Storey Mountain (1948) — Introduction, some editions — 4,710 copies, 56 reviews
A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush (1958) — Preface, some editions — 1,365 copies, 28 reviews
The Man of Property (1906) — Introduction, some editions; Preface, some editions — 1,048 copies, 21 reviews
The Book of Fantasy (1940) — Contributor — 618 copies, 13 reviews
The Assassin's Cloak: An Anthology of the World's Greatest Diarists (2000) — Contributor, some editions — 560 copies, 8 reviews
The Penguin Book of English Short Stories (1967) — Contributor — 434 copies, 4 reviews
The Waters Of Siloe (1949) — Foreword, some editions — 424 copies, 4 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (1947) — Contributor — 296 copies
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contributor — 293 copies, 2 reviews
The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh (1996) — Contributor — 278 copies, 6 reviews
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: Stories for Late at Night (1961) — Contributor — 264 copies, 4 reviews
Christmas Stories (Everyman's Library) (2007) 257 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of English Short Stories (1998) — Contributor — 197 copies, 3 reviews
Love Letters (1996) — Contributor — 187 copies, 1 review
Alfred Hitchcock Presents: 12 Stories for Late at Night (1962) — Contributor — 172 copies, 2 reviews
Murder & Other Acts of Literature (1997) — Contributor — 149 copies, 2 reviews
Writers at Work 03 (1967) — Interviewee — 146 copies
The Penguin Book of Horror Stories (1984) — Contributor — 145 copies, 2 reviews
Brideshead Revisited [1981 TV miniseries] (1981) — Original novel — 134 copies, 3 reviews
Combined Operations: The Official Story of the Commandos (1943) — Introduction — 127 copies, 1 review
The Norton Book of Travel (1987) — Contributor — 112 copies, 1 review
Saints for Now (1952) — Contributor — 110 copies
65 Great Spine Chillers (1988) — Contributor — 82 copies, 2 reviews
Great Short Tales of Mystery and Terror (1982) — Contributor — 81 copies
Count Bohemond (1964) — Foreword, some editions — 80 copies, 2 reviews
The Duchess of Jermyn Street (1964) — Preface, some editions — 75 copies, 2 reviews
The Folio Book of Comic Short Stories (1805) — Contributor — 74 copies, 1 review
The Oxford Book of Travel Stories (1996) — Contributor — 74 copies, 1 review
The Bedside Book of Famous British Stories (1940) — Contributor — 67 copies
Modern English Short Stories: Second Series (1911) — Contributor — 63 copies, 1 review
Climb: Stories of Survival from Rock, Snow and Ice (1999) — Contributor — 62 copies, 1 review
65 Great Tales of Horror (1981) — Contributor — 59 copies
Nine Faces of Kenya (1990) — Contributor — 54 copies
Saints and Ourselves (1953) — Contributor — 47 copies, 1 review
Unknown California (1985) — Contributor — 41 copies, 1 review
Some Things Dark and Dangerous (1970) — Contributor — 40 copies, 1 review
Great World War II Stories: 50th Anniversary Collection (1989) — Contributor — 30 copies
An autobiography from the Jesuit underground (1955) — Foreword, some editions — 26 copies
The Best of Both Worlds: An Anthology of Stories for All Ages (1968) — Contributor — 25 copies, 1 review
Graham Greene: A Collection of Critical Essays (1973) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Giant Book of Classic Chillers (1992) — Contributor, some editions — 22 copies
Tales of Love and Horror (1961) — Contributor — 16 copies
Decline and Fall [2017 TV Mini Series] (2014) — Original novel — 14 copies
Comedy Classics: 34 Hilarious Stories (1987) — Contributor — 13 copies
Advice (1960) — Preface, some editions — 12 copies, 1 review
In the Dead of Night (1961) — Contributor — 11 copies
Terrors, Torments, and Traumas: An Anthology (1978) — Contributor — 10 copies, 1 review
Little Innocents: Childhood Reminiscences (1932) — Contributor — 9 copies
Tall Short Stories (1960) — Contributor — 8 copies
My Favorite Suspense Stories (1968) — Contributor — 8 copies, 1 review
The West Country Book (1981) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Fireside Treasury of Modern Humor (1963) — Contributor — 5 copies
Best crime stories. 4 (1971) — Contributor — 4 copies
The Best from Cosmopolitan — Contributor — 4 copies
Huivering wekken : 26 onthutsende verhalen (1982) — Contributor — 4 copies
Chill to the Sunlight: Tropical Stories of the Macabre (1978) — Contributor — 4 copies
Tredive mesterfortællinger — Author, some editions — 3 copies, 1 review
The New Decameron: The Fifth Day (1930) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Paris Review 30 1963 Summer-Fall — Contributor — 3 copies, 1 review
Enjoying Stories (1987) — Contributor — 2 copies
The New Decameron. Sixth volume (1929) — Contributor — 1 copy
[Anthologie de nouvelles anglaises] (2001) — Contributor — 1 copy
Modern British and American short stories (1982) — Contributor — 1 copy

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"Why would any novelist put the most important and impactful moment right in the center of the book?" That is the question I kept asking myself after I finished A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh. The part that I'm referring to is no doubt tragic and well written, but the fact that it is put where it is makes the rest of the reading experience ineffective.

Besides the fact that the structure of the plot was not great, the dialogue was superb. The way that Evelyn Waugh makes a conversation so interesting and yet realistic is a gift from god himself. Unfortunately, the faults outweigh the strengths within this novel, which is why this is one of the lower-rated books on my shelf.… (more)
 
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tayswift1477 | 91 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |
Scoop (London, 1938) by Evelyn Waugh is a satire on journalism. It is based on Waugh's 1935 assignment to cover the conflict between Abyssinia and Italy while working as a war correspondent for the London Daily Mail in Abyssinia (now Ethiopia). Waugh acknowledged that he was not very good at covering wars, but he did keep a close eye on what his fellow reporters were doing. The outcome was a comedic and satirical novel that mocks the newspaper industry and the journalism profession with a playful yet decidedly deadly tone.

The story centers upon a few humorous turns of events. Lord Copper, the conceited and uneducated proprietor of the Daily Beast, inadvertently dispatches William Boot, a naive nature columnist, to cover the conflict in the made-up nation of Ishmaelia in East Africa. At least geographically speaking, Ishmaelia and Abyssinia are identical. William learns a few fast lessons on the crafty methods used by journalists, who are constantly attempting to outsmart their peers and break a story. William returns to London as a well-known reporter after receiving many significant scoops on his own thanks to a string of fortunate events. However, all of it is meaningless to him, and he is glad to be going back to his remote and run-down country house, Boot Magna Hall, where his numerous eccentric relatives reside. Overall this is still an entertaining comedic read.
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jwhenderson | 82 other reviews | Mar 1, 2024 |
Apparently Waugh did not allow any of his travel books to be reprinted during his lifetime, which I think was prudent. Writing is of course a livelihood, not merely artistic and creative expression, but Waugh’s travel writing was pretty exclusively in the former category with little of the latter. The material in Remote People and Waugh in Abyssinia was collected in a journalistic capacity and retains interest because of the historic events being covered, although Waugh’s obvious sympathy with the Italian cause in Ethiopia is disconcerting. I enjoyed Ninety-Two Days mostly because Waugh was visiting a country, Guyana, still not regarded as a tourist destination and exploring the interior, a landscape unfamiliar even to most Guyanese. The most egregious sell-out is Robbery under Law, written under contract to the Pearson family whose oil assets had been confiscated by the Mexican government. Graham Greene’s visit to Mexico around the same time produced The Power and the Glory, one of his greatest novels. Waugh’s PR effort is a painful contrast. Written in 1938, Robbery under Law is full of predictions about the world geopolitical future which are very wide of the mark, to put it charitably. But just when I was ready to throw this doorstop of a book (1064 pages) across the room some characteristic Waughian turn of phrase or original insight kept me going. Probably When the Going Was Good, a book of excerpts from four of these works he created after WW II, contains most of the best material. Waugh Abroad is for Waugh completists.… (more)
 
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booksaplenty1949 | 2 other reviews | Feb 28, 2024 |
The book was my mother’s copy, and it was her generation that had their bright lives interrupted by war. I was just about to put it down when the writing suddenly came alive. I was at the point (p.68) where Adam goes to ask Nina’s father for money. Archetypal and almost Wodehouseian in style, Waugh seemed to suddenly hit his stride with this set piece of crumbling English manor-house absurdity.
The food at Shepheard’s tends to be mostly game pie – quite black inside and full of beaks and shot and inexplicable vertebrae – p. 84

While the drunk Major betting device was an obvious form of deus ex machina the quality of the narrative felt very uneven to me. There were periods where I was not enthralled or amused. Curiously, the racing day should have been more interesting than it was. But it did have its moments.
The truth is that motor-cars offer a very happy illustration of the metaphysical distinction between ‘being’ and ‘becoming’. p. 161

The outbreak of war and the ominous approach of destruction at the very end of the book felt wrong although it was exactly right for the times.
One of the delights of this book was Waugh’s use of parentheses for thoughts,
‘Oh Nina, what a lot of parties .’
…(Masked parties, savage parties…comic dances in Scotland and disgusting parties in Paris – all that succession and repetition of massed humanity,… Those vile bodies…) p. 123
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