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Evelyn Waugh

Birthdate: 28. October 1903
Date of death: 10. April 1966
Other names: Evelyn Arthur John Waugh

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh was an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books; he was also a prolific journalist and book reviewer. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall and A Handful of Dust , the novel Brideshead Revisited , and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour . He is recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the English language in the 20th century.Waugh was the son of a publisher, educated at Lancing College and then at Hertford College, Oxford. He worked briefly as a schoolmaster before he became a full-time writer. As a young man, he acquired many fashionable and aristocratic friends and developed a taste for country house society. He travelled extensively in the 1930s, often as a special newspaper correspondent; he reported from Abyssinia at the time of the 1935 Italian invasion. He served in the British armed forces throughout the Second World War, first in the Royal Marines and then in the Royal Horse Guards. He was a perceptive writer who used the experiences and the wide range of people whom he encountered in his works of fiction, generally to humorous effect. Waugh's detachment was such that he fictionalised his own mental breakdown which occurred in the early 1950s.

Waugh converted to Catholicism in 1930 after his first marriage failed. His traditionalist stance led him to strongly oppose all attempts to reform the Church, and the changes by the Second Vatican Council greatly disturbed his sensibilities, especially the introduction of the vernacular Mass. That blow to his religious traditionalism, his dislike for the welfare state culture of the postwar world, and the decline of his health all darkened his final years, but he continued to write. He displayed to the world a mask of indifference, but he was capable of great kindness to those whom he considered his friends. After his death in 1966, he acquired a following of new readers through the film and television versions of his works, such as the television serial Brideshead Revisited . Wikipedia

Photo: Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964) / Public domain

Works

Decline and Fall
Decline and Fall
Evelyn Waugh
Scoop
Scoop
Evelyn Waugh
Vile Bodies
Vile Bodies
Evelyn Waugh
The Loved One
The Loved One
Evelyn Waugh
A Handful of Dust
A Handful of Dust
Evelyn Waugh
Put Out More Flags
Put Out More Flags
Evelyn Waugh
Black Mischief
Black Mischief
Evelyn Waugh
A Little Learning
A Little Learning
Evelyn Waugh

„Was anyone hurt?“

—  Evelyn Waugh, book A Handful of Dust

"No one I am thankful to say," said Mrs. Beaver, "except two housemaids who lost their heads and jumped through a glass roof into the paved court."
First lines
A Handful of Dust (1934)

„It doesn't matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Part 2, Chapter 3
Brideshead Revisited (1945)
Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice.“

—  Evelyn Waugh, book The Loved One

Source: The Loved One (1948), Chapter 9
Context: In the dying world I come from, quotation is a national vice. No one would think of making an after-dinner speech without the help of poetry. It used to be the classics, now it's lyric verse.

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„O God, make me good, but not yet“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Part 1, start of chapter 5
Brideshead Revisited (1945)
Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„To understand all is to forgive all.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„No one is ever holy without suffering.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„Where can we hide in fair weather, we orphans of the storm?“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„… for in that city [New York] there is neurosis in the air which the inhabitants mistake for energy.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„These memories, which are my life--for we possess nothing certainly except the past--were always with me.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„To know and love one other human being is the root of all wisdom.“

—  Evelyn Waugh

Part 1, Chapter 1
Brideshead Revisited (1945)
Source: Brideshead Revisited: The Sacred and Profane Memories of Captain Charles Ryder

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“

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