Evelyn Waugh

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Evelyn Waugh


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

Died
April 10, 1966

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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 appren
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“Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there's no room for the present at all.”
Evelyn Waugh, Brideshead Revisited

“It doesn't matter what people call you unless they call you pigeon pie and eat you up.”
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“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
Evelyn Waugh

Polls

July 2016 New School Classic Group Read

1954, Lord of the Flies by William Golding, 182 pages
 
  54 votes, 22.6%

1945, Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 351 pages
 
  29 votes, 12.1%

1951, My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier, 352 pages
 
  23 votes, 9.6%

 
  20 votes, 8.4%

1957, Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger, 201 pages
 
  19 votes, 7.9%

1997, American Pastoral by Philip Roth, 432 pages
 
  16 votes, 6.7%

1968, The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle, 294 pages
 
  15 votes, 6.3%

 
  15 votes, 6.3%

1944, Ficciones by Jorge Luis Borges, 174 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.4%

1995, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, 216 pages
 
  13 votes, 5.4%

1992, The Shipping News by Annie Proulx, 352 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.0%

1938, Brighton Rock by Graham Greene, 269 pages
 
  9 votes, 3.8%

1986, The Whirlpool by Jane Urquhart, 80 pages
 
  1 vote, 0.4%

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