Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Brideshead Revisited
Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh’s literary contribution to modern culture is immense – memorable novels, insightful travel writing, perceptive journalism – but his greatest legacy is that he wrote stylish prose. He put down biting satire in Decline and Fall, Vile Bodies and A Handful of Dust, wrote elegantly about World War II in his Sword of Honour trilogy of novels and managed to single-handedly create nostalgia for the fading British nobility in Brideshead Revisited.

Like so many other authors who wrote on either side of World War II, Waugh (1903-1966) led a fascinating life. He started out as a school teacher but was bored and quickly turned to writing. His first wife was also called Evelyn. He converted to Catholicism in 1930. He travelled the globe extensively as a nomadic journalist during the 1930s. Waugh (full name Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh) fought, rather unsuccessfully, in World War II. Brideshead Revisited, written while recovering from a broken leg suffered in a parachute training accident, brought him fame and fortune. He had a mental breakdown in 1953 but his experiences still inspired a novel - The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold. Towards the end of his life, he suffered from ill health and a lack of funds.

His strong opinions ranged from the merits of Catholicism to the merits of the British class system. He wrote a fine book about wine – Wine in Peace and War – that is now highly collectible along with first editions, complete with dust jackets, of his novels.

A large number of books have been written about Waugh who continues to provoke discussion more than 40 years after his death. At War with Waugh by William Deedes, Evelyn Waugh A Biography by Selina Hastings and Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead are all worth a look. There are many varying opinions about Waugh himself, who seemed to polarize people, but the biographers all agree about the high quality of his writing.

Evelyn Waugh's Novels

Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh (1928)
Decline and Fall
by Evelyn Waugh (1928)
Vile Bodies by Evelyn Waugh (1930)
Vile Bodies
by Evelyn Waugh (1930)
Black Mischief by Evelyn Waugh (1932)
Black Mischief
by Evelyn Waugh (1932)
A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
A Handful of Dust
by Evelyn Waugh (1934)
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh (1938)
Scoop
by Evelyn Waugh (1938)
Work Suspended by Evelyn Waugh (1942)
Work Suspended
by Evelyn Waugh (1942)
Put Out More Flags by Evelyn Waugh (1942)
Put Out More Flags
by Evelyn Waugh (1942)
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
Brideshead Revisited
by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
The Loved One by Evelyn Waugh (1948)
The Loved One
by Evelyn Waugh (1948)
Helena by Evelyn Waugh (1950)
Helena
by Evelyn Waugh (1950)
Sword of Honour trilogy by Evelyn Waugh (1952, 1955 & 1961)
Sword of Honour trilogy
by Evelyn Waugh (1952, 1955 & 1961)
Love Among the Ruins by Evelyn Waugh (1952)
Love Among the Ruins
by Evelyn Waugh (1952)
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold by Evelyn Waugh (1957)
The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
by Evelyn Waugh (1957)

Evelyn Waugh's Travel Writing

Waugh in Abyssinia by Evelyn Waugh (1936)
Waugh in Abyssinia
by Evelyn Waugh (1936)
Robbery Under Law by Evelyn Waugh (1939)
Robbery Under Law
by Evelyn Waugh (1939)
When the Going Was Good by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
When the Going Was Good
by Evelyn Waugh (1946)
A Tourist in Africa by Evelyn Waugh (1960)
A Tourist in Africa
by Evelyn Waugh (1960)

Miscellaneous Books by Evelyn Waugh

Wine in Peace and War by Evelyn War (1947)
Wine in Peace and War
by Evelyn War (1947)
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh edited by Mark Avory (1980)
The Letters of Evelyn Waugh
edited by Mark Avory (1980)
The Complete Short Stories by Evelyn Waugh (1998)
The Complete Short Stories
by Evelyn Waugh (1998)

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