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

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

Polls

July 2020 New School Classic Read Poll

Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh, 1945, 351 pages
 
  94 votes, 28.4%

Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates, 1961, 355 pages
 
  58 votes, 17.5%

I, Claudius by Robert Graves, 1934, 468 pages
 
  55 votes, 16.6%

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter, 1984, 295 pages
 
  53 votes, 16.0%

The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien, 1967, 200 pages
 
  32 votes, 9.7%

The Wreath by Sigrid Undset, 1920, 305 pages
 
  22 votes, 6.6%

The Street by Ann Petry, 1946, 448 pages
 
  17 votes, 5.1%

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