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Evelyn Waugh: A Biography Hardcover – 31 Oct 1994

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  • Hardcover: 733 pages
  • Publisher: Sinclair-Stevenson Ltd; First Edition edition (31 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781856192231
  • ISBN-13: 978-1856192231
  • ASIN: 1856192237
  • Package Dimensions: 23.8 x 16 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 764,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Her style is supremely elegant and her eye for detail brings dazzle and wit to every page... This is a monumental book." - "Independent on Sunday "Evelyn Waugh was the most complicated of men... It is the first great virtue of Selina Hastings's splendid biography that she never forgets it. Consequently she has written a sympathetic and highly intelligent book which also - rarity of rarities these days - reads rapidly. It is sympathetic also because, like Waugh himself, the author adores gossip." - "Daily Telegraph "Evelyn Waugh was one of the funniest writers in the language. Selina Hastings's book is alive with his humour." - "Sunday Express "Be assured that you would be unlikely to find a more entertaining, delightful or rewarding book on Waugh if you were to search... for the next twenty years. The narrative is at once gripping and thoughtful on every page." - "Mail On Sunday "From the Trade Paperback edition.


This biography of Evelyn Waugh, written with the full co-operation of the family and making use of a mass of unpublished letters and diaries, traces the remarkable career of a writer who, though respected, was always controversial and undoubtedly eccentric. In particular, it sheds new light on his difficult relationship with his father, his homosexual affair at Oxford, his unhappy first marriage to Evelyn Gardner, and his years of sexual adventure before his second marriage. Hastings also uncovers his attitude to the Church, his conversion to Roman Catholicism, his disastrous relationship with the military, and his enduring, but difficult, friendships with his three favourite women: Nancy Mitford, Diana Cooper and Ann Fleming.

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