Evelyn Waugh

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Evelyn Waugh

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born
in Combe Florey, Somerset, England, The United Kingdom
October 28, 1903

died
April 10, 1966

gender
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Evelyn Waugh's father Arthur was a noted editor and publisher. His only sibling Alec also became a writer of note. In fact, his book “The Loom of Youth” (1917) a novel about his old boarding school Sherborne caused Evelyn to be expelled from there and placed at Lancing College. He said of his time there, “…the whole of English education when I was brought up was to produce prose writers; it was all we were taught, really.” He went on to Hertford College, Oxford where he read History. When asked if he took up any sports there he quipped, “I drank for Hertford.”

In 1924 Waugh left Oxford without taking his degree. After inglorious stints as a school teacher (he was dismissed for trying to seduce a school matron and/or inebriation), an apprent...more


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More books by Evelyn Waugh…
“It doesn't matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
Evelyn Waugh

“After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can't trust a person.”
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September 2014 New School Classic -

Which book would you like to read for our August 2014 New School Classic Group Read?

1996, Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, 224pp
 
  28 votes, 16.5%

 
  27 votes, 15.9%

 
  19 votes, 11.2%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581pp
 
  18 votes, 10.6%

 
  15 votes, 8.8%

 
  15 votes, 8.8%

 
  12 votes, 7.1%

 
  11 votes, 6.5%

 
  9 votes, 5.3%

1913, O Pioneers! by Willa Cather, 176pp
 
  6 votes, 3.5%

1957, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 296pp
 
  6 votes, 3.5%

 
  3 votes, 1.8%

 
  1 vote, 0.6%

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