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Waugh, Evelyn. (1903 - 1966).

W o r k

E a r l y  P e r i o d :

- writes satire, comedy, and grotesque

- jests at human folly, injustice, crime, and even potential horror

- preoccupied with society in decay, human depravity, and menace

Decline and Fall (1928):

- follows the disastrous career of a failed undergraduate, a failing schoolmaster, and an exploited lover, that terminates in prison

Vile Bodies (1930):

- a novel concerned with devaluation of received standards

Remote People (1931):

- a travel book on Ethiopia which he visited several times as a journalist

Black Mischief (1932):

- a novel concerned with a tottering African kingdom

A Handful of Dust (1934):

< indebted to T. S. Eliot's Waste Land, also the title comes from the poem

- each of its settings re-presents aspects of The Waste Land: a seedy Arthurian-Victorian country house > London clubs and apartments > a Brighton hotel > uncharted equatorial forests of South America

- concerned with the collapse of the illusions of rural feudalism x surface values and cynicism of metropolitan life

- follows both a literal divorce of a couple and a divorce between old and new values

Waugh in Abyssinia (1936):

- a non-fictional account of his Ethiopia visits

Scoop (1938):

- a fictional enlargement of the former

L a t e r  P e r i o d :

- converts to Roman Catholicism and becomes an amateur apologist for its teaching

Brideshead Revisited (1945):

- reworks and reconsiders the themes of A Handful of Dust against the background of WW II

x but: the protagonist translates his experience from an agnostic negativity into a series of Catholic positives

The Sword of Honour: Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), Unconditional Surrender (1961):

- an ambitious trilogy following the disappointing experience of a Catholic patrician as an army officer in WW II


(Photo: Carl Van Vechten. 1940. Source: Wikipedia).

  • Author

    Arthur Evelyn St John Waugh. (1903 - 1966). British.
  • Work

    Novelist. Journalist. Author of A Handful of Dust (1934).
  • Genres

    Modern novel. Satire. Comedy. Grotesque. Travel writing.


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"Anyone who has been to an English public school will always feel comparatively at home in prison."

From Decline and Fall (1928).


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