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Evelyn!: Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love Paperback – 13 May 2015
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’Duncan McLaren’s madcap Evelyn! A Rhapsody for an Obsessive Love (is) a work of unexpected authority and revelation as well as great charm, which will make seasoned Waugh scholars sit up and see things they wish they had spotted themselves’. Philip Eade, Literary Review
'Is this a biography or a pubcrawl? You wouldn’t find Sir Michael Holroyd or Dame Hermione Lee behaving in this manner, which is why their books in comparison with McLaren’s are bloody dull… Does the world need another book about Evelyn Waugh? Absolutely not - except when it is as original and enjoyable as this’. Roger Lewis, Daily Mail Book of the Week
‘McLaren brings the past to life with flamboyant ease… (an) alert, comic and original approach to the frequently overearnest world of critical studies in Eng. Lit.’ Miranda Seymour, Sunday Telegraph
'Evelyn! romps through Waugh land, from his London childhood to school and Oxford, to teaching, to writing, to getting in with the aristos, to his short first marriage, and on through his prodigious literary output… and sensational success. It is mainly delightful, and is also insightful in showing how Waugh’s childhood, “lacking in love” and his public cuckolding were bitter wounds that Waugh alchemised into art.’ Rosita Sweetman, Irish Times
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I would recommend this book, not just for all Waugh fans, but also for those who would like to read more about the literary scene and characters in London and the UK during the early and middle years of the 1900's. It is an excellent read.