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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety, and human feeling, delicacy, for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiric. Sword of honor comprises the three acclaimed novels Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender.

Its central character is guy crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming. This trilogy spanning world war ii, based in part on Evelyn Waugh's own experiences as an army officer, is the author's surpassing achievement as a novelist.

Sword of Honor #ad - Though often somber, sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy, peopled by the fantastic figures so familiar from Waugh's early satires.

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Decline and Fall

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy plagued by doubts and Captain Grimes, rascals and fools, who is always in the soup or just plain drunk. Then sports day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. Sent down from oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys' private school in Wales.

. As the farce unfolds in evelyn Waugh's dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and no one is safe, least of all Paul.

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Vile Bodies

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The bright young things of 1920s london, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercised their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade. In the years following the First World War a new generation emerged, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter. Evelyn waugh's acidly funny satire reveals the darkness and vulnerability beneath the sparkling surface of the high life.

In these pages a vivid assortment of characters, aristocratic Nina Blount, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the hedonistic fulfillment of their desires.

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Brideshead Revisited

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - At once romantic, and somber, sensuous, comic, Brideshead Revisited transcends Waugh's early satiric explorations and reveals him to be an elegiac, lyrical novelist of the utmost feeling and lucidity. The wellsprings of desire and the impediments to love come brilliantly into focus in Evelyn Waugh's masterpiece-a novel that immerses us in the glittering and seductive world of English aristocracy in the waning days of the empire.

Through the story of charles ryder's entanglement with the Flytes, a great Catholic family, Evelyn Waugh charts the passing of the privileged world he knew in his own youth and vividly recalls the sensuous pleasures denied him by wartime austerities.

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A Handful of Dust

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last has grown bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. In a novel that combines tragedy, comedy, and savage irony, Evelyn Waugh indelibly captures the irresponsible mood of the "crazy and sterile generation" between the wars.

She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set.

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Scoop

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. So begins scoop, waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news. Lord copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters.

Algernon stitch, lord copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs.

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The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - The stories collected here range from delightfully barbed portraits of the british upper classes to an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust; from a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the nostalgic hero of Brideshead Revisited, to a plot-packed morality tale that Waugh composed at a very tender age; from an epistolary lark in the voice of "a young lady of leisure" to a darkly comic tale of scandal in a remote and imaginary African outpost.

The complete stories is a dazzling distillation of Waugh's genius-abundant evidence that one of the twentieth century's most admired and enjoyed English novelists was also a master of the short form. Evelyn waugh's short fiction reveals in miniaturized perfection the elements that made him the greatest satirist of the twentieth century.

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The Loved One

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - Waugh's dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide depicts a world where reputation, love, and death cost a very great deal. Following the death of a friend, the poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park.

Within its golden gates, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday-and Dennis gets drawn into a bizarre love triangle with Aimée Thanatogenos, death, a naïve Californian corpse beautician, American-style, and Mr. Joyboy, a master of the embalmer's art.

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Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited

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Henry Holt and Co. #ad - I have been researching and writing about Waugh since 1963 and Eade time and again surprised and delighted me. Waugh was famously difficult and Eade brilliantly captures the myriad facets of his character even as he casts new light on the novels that have dazzled generations of readers. Graham greene hailed waugh as ‘the greatest novelist of my generation’, and in recent years his reputation has only grown.

Eade’s gripping narrative illuminates waugh’s strained relationship with his sentimental father and blatantly favoured elder brother; his love affairs with male classmates at Oxford and female bright young things thereafter; his disastrous first marriage and subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism; his insane wartime bravery; his drug-induced madness; his singular approach to marriage and fatherhood; his complex relationship with the aristocracy; the astonishing power of his wit; and the love, fear, and loathing that he variously inspired in others.

One of eade’s aims is ‘to re-examine some of the distortions and misconceptions that have come to surround this famously complex and much mythologized character’. This might look like code for a plan to whitewash the overly blackwashed Waugh, ’ comments veteran Waugh scholar Professor Donat Gallagher; ‘but readers fixated on atrocities will not be disappointed.

Evelyn Waugh: A Life Revisited #ad - . Now philip eade has delivered an authoritative and hugely entertaining biography that is full of new material, much of it sensational. Eade builds upon the existing waugh lore with access to a remarkable array of unpublished sources provided by Waugh’s grandson, including passionate love letters to Baby Jungman – the Holy Grail of Waugh research - a revealing memoir by Waugh’s first wife Evelyn Gardner “Shevelyn”, and an equally significant autobiography by Waugh’s commanding officer in World War II.

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Put Out More Flags

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - With europe frozen in the "phoney war, " when will Basil's big chance to fight finally arrive? When neville chamberlain declares war on Germany, it seems the perfect opportunity for more action and adventure. Basil's instincts for self-preservation come to the fore as he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security.

So basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to enjoy his finest hour-as a war hero. Upper-class scoundrel basil seal, mad, creates havoc wherever he goes, and dangerous to know, much to the despair of the three women in his life-his sister, bad, his mother, and his mistress.

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Black Mischief

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Little, Brown and Company #ad - His subjects are ill-informed and unruly, double-dealing, and corruption, and bloodshed are rife. However, " the rightful ruler's demise at his own rather long and tiring coronation ceremonies, with the aid of Minister of Modernization Basil Seal, the staging of a "Birth Control Gala, Seth plans to introduce his people to the civilized ways of the west-but will it be as simple as that?Profound hilarity ensues from the issuance of homemade currency, and a good deal more mischief.

Nothing can stand in our way. When oxford-educated emperor Seth succeeds to the throne of the African state of Azania, he has a tough job on his hands. We are progress and the New Age.

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