Search Results: "Evelyn Waugh"


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TACTICAL EXERCISE by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 15, 1954

"A savory, for an audience which is by now dedicated."
A collection of short stories has been assembled from the year, 1910, when the author was 7(apple), until 1953. 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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SCOOP by Evelyn Waugh
Released: July 18, 1938

"Seems to us limited in sales appeal."
Satire on foreign correspondents in a fantastic tale of one William Boot, accidentally thrust into the limelight as foreign correspondent to cover a reputed war in some imagined African country. 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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Released: Sept. 30, 1982

"Minor Waugh, to be sure (especially the Ryder rediscovery), but with occasional bursts of inspired nastiness and superb prose."
The title piece is the only new material here: a recently discovered fragment from a novel Waugh never finished—about the pre-Oxford life of Charles Ryder of Brideshead Revisited. 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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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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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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WHEN THE GOING WAS GOOD by Evelyn Waugh
Released: June 1, 1946

"This edition will make this material available to the larger market opened up by Brideshead Revisited."
This reprints, in one volume, selected, connected passages from four of Waugh's travel books which were published between 1929 and 1935. 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 >