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The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh

The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh( )
Author: Mosley, Charlotte
Waugh, Evelyn
Mitford, Nancy
ISBN:978-0-340-63804-0
Publication Date:Dec 1996
Publisher:Hodder Education Group
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:AUD $75.00
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Book Details
Pages:464
Detailed Subjects: Literary Criticism / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Literary Collections / Letters
Biography & Autobiography / Literary Figures
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):16.2 x 24 x 5 cm
Book Weight:0.985 Kilograms
Author Biography
Mosley, Charlotte (Author)
Born in Hampstead and educated at Oxford University, Evelyn Waugh came from a literary family. His elder brother, Alec was a novelist, and his father, Arthur Waugh, was the influential head of a large publishing house. Even in his school days, Waugh showed sings of the profound belief in Catholicism and brilliant wit that were to mark his later years.

Waugh began publishing his novels in the late 1920's. He joined the Royal Marines at the beginning of World War II and was one of the first to volunteer for commando service. In 1944 he survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia and, while hiding in a cave, corrected the proofs of one of his novels.

Waugh's early novels, Decline and Fall (1927), Vile Bodies (1930), and A Handful of Dust (1934), established him as one of the funniest and most brilliant satirists the British had seen in years. He was particularly skillful at poking fun at the scramble for prominence among the upper classes and the struggle between the generations. He lived for a while in Hollywood, about which he wrote The Loved One (1948), a scathing attack on the United States's overly sentimental funeral practices. His greatest works, however, are Brideshead Revisited (1945), which has been made into a highly popular television miniseries, and the trilogy Sword of Honor (1965), composed of Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and The End of the Battle (1961).

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