Fictionalising his experience of service during the Second World War, Evelyn Waugh's Sword of Honour is the complete one-volume edition of his masterful trilogy, edited with an introduction by Angus Calder in Penguin Modern Classics. Waugh's own unhappy experience of being a soldier is superbly re-enacted in this story of Guy Crouchback, a Catholic and a gentleman, commissioned into the Royal Corps of Halberdiers during the war years 1939-45. High comedy - in the company of Brigadier Ritchie-Hook or the denizens of Bellamy's Club - is only part of the shambles of Crouchback's war. When action comes in Crete and in Yugoslavia, he discovers not heroism, but humanity. Sword of Honour combines three volumes: Officers and Gentlemen, Men at Arms and Unconditional Surrender, which were originally published separately. Extensively revised by Waugh, they were published as the one-volume Sword of Honour in 1965, in the form in which Waugh himself wished them to be read. Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and in Yugoslavia. In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. Men at Arms (1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961. If you enjoyed Sword of Honour, you might like Ford Madox Ford's Parade's End, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Marvellous ... one of the masterpieces of the century' John Banville, Irish Times
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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Waugh was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, experiences which informed his Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-61). His most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited (1945), was written while on leave from the army. Waugh died in 1966.
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Book Description Eyre Methuen, London, 1978. Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. A Final Version of Men At Arms Officers And Gentlemen Unconditional Surrender. Dustjacket a little discoloured to the extremities, not price clipped. Binding tight. Contents clean with no inscriptions. pp. 796. Bookseller Inventory # 094537
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Book Description Eyre Methuen. Reprint., London, 1980. Hardcover/Hardback. Book Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. 5th or later printing. Owner signature, else fine in dustwrapper. book. Bookseller Inventory # 44089
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Book Description Eyre Methuen, London, England, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. This hardback was published by Eyre Methuen in 1978. The title and copyright page state that it is a reprint of the Chapman & Hall 1965 trilogy and that it is 'A Final Version of the Novels Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955) and Unconditional Surrender (1961). Our copy is as per the stock photograph. There is some yellowing of page ends. The book has been well read but both book and dust-jacket are still in Very Good condition. The book is bound in black-coloured binding paper on stiff boards; with plain white endpapers. Spine titles are in gilt. The book has 796 numbered pages. The size of the book in inches is 8.0 x 5.2 and it weighs 0.92 kg. As with all our sales of books within the UK, we only ever charge a flat standard delivery cost of £3.35. Bookseller Inventory # 003524
Book Description EYRE METHUEN, LONDON, 1978. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Thus. Hard cover with dust jacket. Slight wear/peeling on DJ edges. The white background of the DJ is age darkened. Moderate marking/staining on back of DJ. Browning on inside edges of DJ. No printed price on DJ. Not price clipped. Blue boards with gilt titles on spine. Tanned and slightly foxed/soiled page edges. Otherwise clean, tight pages. Strong binding. No inscriptions. Omnibus collecting a final version of 'Men At Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, Unconditional Surender.' First published as an omnibus in 1965. Location: M4 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 012774
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