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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“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
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Polls

January 2015 New School Classic Poll

 
  17 votes, 29.3%

 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1952, Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison, 581 pages
 
  7 votes, 12.1%

1958, Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, 209 pages
 
  6 votes, 10.3%

1951, The End of the Affair by Graham Greene, 160 pages
 
  5 votes, 8.6%

 
  4 votes, 6.9%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

 
  3 votes, 5.2%

1920, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, 305 pages
 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  2 votes, 3.4%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

 
  1 vote, 1.7%

1928, Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh, 300 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

1958, The Bell by Iris Murdoch, 320 pages
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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