Evelyn Waugh was the last of the great letter-writers, and his witty, elegant correspondence to a wide circle of friends contains more than a touch of malice.
In the 1920s Waugh wrote to a school-friend about his undergraduate escapades at Oxford and the Harold Acton and Henry Green of his unhappy jobs, his literary plans and the break-up of his first marriage. In the 1930s his boisterous letters recount his successes, social life and travels in South America. During the war, writing to his second wife, Laura Herbert, he revealed the strength of his love for her more vividly than has appeared elsewhere.
He was inspired by Ann Fleming, Lady Diana Cooper and Nancy Mitford. Politics are rarely mentioned and he discusses writing only with someone he recognises as an equal, like Graham Greene. His deeply felt religious beliefs are expressed to John Betjeman. But Waugh's main concern is to amuse - and in this he is triumphantly successful.
'A joy to read - riveting, subtle, outrageously honest and touching - the effect is that of a work of great art.' [Literary Review.]'His letters are full of gossip and affection; teasing, relaxing, painstaking and very funny.' [The Times.]'Evelyn Waugh was a loving husband, a wise and affectionate father and the funniest English novelist of the century. This selection of letters does full justice to these splendid attributes.' [Phillip Toynbee.]
|1. Education 1903-1924|
|2. Early Twenties 1924-1929|
|3. Divorce and Remarriage 1929-1939|
|4. The War 3 September 1939-8 May 1945|
|5. A Family in the Country 1945-1956|
|6. Decline and Fall 1956-1966|
|Appendix of Names|
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Number Of Pages: 761
Published: 25th February 2010
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Dimensions (cm): 21.5 x 13.7 x 4.5
Weight (kg): 0.82
Edition Number: 1