About the Author
Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rosetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall,
which was soon followed by Vile Bodies
, Black Mischief
(1932), A Handful of Dust
(1934) and Scoop
(1938). During these years he travelled extensively and published a number of travel books. In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards. He went on to write a number of other books, including Brideshead Revisited
(1945) and Men at Arms
(1952). Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.
Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. She had written four novels, including Wigs on the Green
(1935), before the success of The Pursuit of Love
in 1945, which she followed with Love in a Cold Climate
(1949), The Blessing
(1951) and Don't Tell Alfred
(1960). She also wrote four works of biography. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.
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