Evelyn Waugh

(1903_1966 / Hampstead)

Evelyn Waugh
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Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh (28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966), known as Evelyn Waugh, was an English writer of novels, biographies and travel books. He was also a prolific journalist and reviewer. His best-known works include his early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), his novel Brideshead Revisited (1945) and his trilogy of Second World War novels collectively known as Sword of Honour (1952–61). Waugh is widely recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the 20th century.

The son of a publisher, Waugh was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, and worked briefly as a schoolmaster before becoming a full-time writer. As a young man, he ... more »

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  • ''We schoolmasters must temper discretion with deceit.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Dr. Fagan, in Decline and Fall, pt. 1, ch. 2 (1928).
  • ''An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Interview, Writers at Work, Third Series, ed. George Plimpton (1967).
  • ''Other nations use "force"; we Britons alone use "Might."''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Mr. Baldwin, in Scoop, bk. 2, ch. 5, sct. 1 (1938).
  • ''Feather-footed through the plashy fen passes the questing vole.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Mr. Salter, in Scoop, bk. 1, ch. 1, sct. 4 (1938). Example of "good style."
  • ''All this fuss about sleeping together. For physical pleasure I'd sooner go to my dentist any day.''
    Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), British novelist. Nina Blount, in Vile Bodies, ch. 6 (1930). To her fiancé Adam Fenwick-Symes.
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