Search Results: "Alexander Waugh"


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FATHERS AND SONS by Alexander Waugh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 29, 2007

"A candid, intimate and touching portrait of the author's masculine forebears, composed in nimble prose."
A sprightly memoir about the succession of cranky, writerly Waugh men, concluding with the author (born 1963). Read full book review >

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THE HOUSE OF WITTGENSTEIN by Alexander Waugh
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 20, 2009

"An immensely readable literary account of eccentric, memorable characters."
Having dealt with four generations of his famous family in Fathers and Sons (2007, etc.), Waugh delves into another quirky, brilliant, ill-starred clan. Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 1, 1992

"A no-holds-barred yet ultimately moving portrait of a major literary talent. (Photographs—not seen.)"
The second and final installment of Stannard's monumental, definitive biography (Evelyn Waugh, 1987) of one of the 20th century's most accomplished—and, apparently, misanthropic— writers. Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER MCQUEEN by Andrew Wilson
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 1, 2015

"Wilson ably and unsparingly portrays the heady, competitive, solipsistic world that celebrated, and ultimately doomed, McQueen."
The astonishing creations and tormented life of British fashion designer Alexander McQueen (1969-2010). Read full book review >

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EVELYN WAUGH by Philip Eade
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"Eade offers up a softer portrait of Waugh that might help bring him some new readers, which he deserves."
A softer, kinder, gentler Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966). Read full book review >

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Released: Sept. 6, 1999

"Not the definitive biography of Waugh nor the most in-depth interpretation of his writings, but an immensely readable and highly entertaining introduction to a man who, at his best and his worst, lived a life as interesting as his fiction."
This biography of Evelyn Waugh stitches together episodes of his life with anecdotes from his fiction, creating a tapestry as rich and varied as Waugh's finest works. Read full book review >

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EVELYN WAUGH by Selina Hastings
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 19, 1995

"In the end, however, perhaps the strongest impression left by this biography is of a writer who like no other great (or nearly great) artist was possessed of so little basic human sympathy. (63 b&w photos, not seen)"
An elegant, well-wrought, and objective biography of a complex but relentlessly unlikable figure. Read full book review >

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THE DIARIES OF EVELYN WAUGH by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 25, 1977

All different kinds of people are going to be disappointed by these heavily heralded diaries—kept by England's most acerbic schoolboy, playboy, traveler, soldier, and novelist. Read full book review >

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Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A sympathetic and judicious appraisal that will deepen the understanding of this remarkable man."
A slightly odd but ultimately very satisfying biography of a man who, in terms of political and historical impact, has been called ``the dominant writer of this century.'' George Kennan described The Gulag Archipelago as ``the most powerful single indictment of a political regime ever to be levelled in modern times.'' The irony is that the indictment came not from the West, but from a heroic survivor of the Gulag. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS OF EVELYN WAUGH by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 15, 1980

"An indirectly revealing collection, then, with a few intriguing oddities (restrained encouragement for fledgling novelist Alex Comfort) and reference points for the novels (the comic rhythms of the prose here, as well as EW's occasional work-in-progress comments)-but, all in all, another regretfully shallow display from a writer whose best work is anything but."
Apparently bearing in mind the dull, distasteful impression made by Waugh's Diaries (1977), editor Amory's rather defensive introduction stresses that "this version" of Waugh "shows him to his best advantage so far." Read full book review >

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ALEXANDER HAMILTON by Jean Fritz
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Jan. 1, 2011

"The volume comes to an unfortunately perfunctory conclusion with Hamilton's death in his duel with Aaron Burr, though source notes add interesting additional reading. (Biography. 9-12)"
His enemies may have called him an outsider, but Alexander Hamilton was loyal to his adopted country. Read full book review >