Search Results: "Evelyn Waugh"


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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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THE LOVED ONE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 23, 1948

"Certainly not a even for Waugh addicts."
Entertaining as Evelyn Waugh's practiced wit may be, the mockery here seems a little macabre for all tastes. Read full book review >

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SCOTT KING'S MODERN EUROPE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Feb. 15, 1949

"If, in contrast to The Loved One, the satiric content here is of a more cerebral rather than sensational nature, the Waugh name will carry this to a wider market than he reached earlier in his career."
Returning more nearly to the mood of his earlier works, this short novel, of a traditional English schoolmaster's exposure to the materialism and totalitarianism of a middle-European country, is a skillful satiric exercise and one which- in its intellectual subtlety- is well above The Loved One. Read full book review >

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THE END OF THE BATTLE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Jan. 10, 1962

"A palpable hit."
Presumably the last of the Evelyn Waugh novels dealing with the adventures of Englishman Guy Crouchback immediately prior, during and just after the Second World War, The End Of The Battle gleams with all the old audacity, macabre romanticism and cadaverous jollity which have made Waugh probably the supreme satirist of our day. Read full book review >

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MEXICO by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Sept. 13, 1939

"A thoughtful study of material at hand."
An Englishman and a Conservative spends two months in Mexico and presents a study of conditions in that country. Read full book review >

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BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Jan. 2, 1945

"EWSLUGBOM for January."
Here's perhaps the first chance we have had to make Waugh an item for big sales. Read full book review >

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THE LETTERS OF NANCY MITFORD AND EVELYN WAUGH by Nancy Mitford
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 26, 1997

"Quite the battle of wits."
Twenty years (1946-66) of reciprocal, unconditional support between the twin sensibilities and manifestly unlike personalities of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, expressed in a private shorthand of shared history and coined language. Read full book review >

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HELENA by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Oct. 16, 1950

"An intellectual invention which is not without its spiritual significance, this still does not subdue the occasional bright badinage, the wit which is a worldly one, although it will be the name that will carry this to its audience."
A retelling of the story of St. Read full book review >

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SWORD OF HONOUR by Evelyn Waugh
Released: Nov. 2, 1966

"Some critics, Malcolm Muggeridge for instance, considered this ironic, absurd, affecting (and autobiographical) portrait of a middle aged man at war his finest achievement."
Both a "recension" (Waugh before his death excised some of the original material) as well as a one-volume publication of the World War II trilogy— Men at Arms (1952) Officers and Gentleman (1955) and Unconditional Surrender (1961) which Waugh thought of as "obituary of the Roman Catholic Church in England." Read full book review >

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OFFICERS AND GENTLEMEN by Evelyn Waugh
Released: July 7, 1955

"From the first book which had a glowing press- but a perhaps less impressive response- you can best determine your market here which will be at an intellectual rather than popular level."
The second part of the trilogy which began with Men At Arms (1952) continues the leisurely perspective of World War II, and while the narrative itself is perhaps a fitful one- it is animated not only by the splendid display of its satiric invention- but also by its compassionate concern. Read full book review >

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"The Waugh devotees will be on deck for this but a cooling word in advance will prepare them for the break with what has gone before."
Listed by the publishers as a "serio-comic novel of military life", this turns out to be more "serio" than "comic" and, from an American view, nigh on to dullness. 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 >