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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Polls

September 2017 New School Classic Poll

 
  46 votes, 14.2%

The Secret History by Donna Tartt, 1992, 559 pgs
 
  35 votes, 10.8%

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, 1985, 324 pgs
 
  30 votes, 9.3%

The Godfather by Mario Puzo, 1969, 448 pgs
 
  29 votes, 9.0%

Dubliners by James Joyce, 1914, 207 pgs
 
  27 votes, 8.4%

Sophie's Choice by William Styron, 1979, 562 pgs
 
  19 votes, 5.9%

 
  18 votes, 5.6%

 
  18 votes, 5.6%

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair, 1906, 335 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse, 1927, 256 pgs
 
  16 votes, 5.0%

Possession by A.S. Byatt, 1990, 555 pgs
 
  14 votes, 4.3%

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  12 votes, 3.7%

 
  11 votes, 3.4%

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 1924, 225 pgs
 
  11 votes, 3.4%

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  10 votes, 3.1%

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh, 1934, 308 pgs
 
  10 votes, 3.1%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 435 pgs
 
  1 vote, 0.3%

Maud Martha by Gwendolyn Brooks, 1953, 180 pgs
 
  0 votes, 0.0%

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