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Best Father and Son writing teams

Just in time for Father’s day we put together a list of the best Father and Son writing teams. I think my favourite team is Charles Dickens and his son who wrote dictionaries, but the Waugh’s easily win this title with four generations of authors.

The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh

The Waugh’s are possibly the most amazing literary family in history in that they have been producing provocative writers for four generations. First was Arthur Waugh who broke from the family tradition of medicine and became a highly influential columnist, publisher, and author. He was the winner of the Newdigate Prize for Poetry in 1888 and wrote the first biography of Alfred Lord Tennyson in 1892. Arthur’s two sons, Alec and Evelyn, continued their father’s legacy with bestsellers like Alec’s Island in the Sun and Evelyn’s Brideshead Revisited. Evelyn’s son Auberon had big shoes to fill but continued the family tradition as a journalist, writing five novels and creating the Bad Sex Awards, which recognize the worst description of sex in a novel. Auberon’s son, Alexander, represents the fourth generation and is responsible for the family biography, Fathers and Sons.

Who’s your favourite father and son writing combo?

Posted by on June 19, 2009.

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2 Responses

  1. Why did Alexandre Dumas call his son Alexandre Dumas? Imagine the confusion for the postman.

    by Richard Davies on Jun 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm

  2. Dickens? Then they should really call them DICKtionaries!*

    *please note: the above is not a dirty joke

    by elizabethc on Jun 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm

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