Evelyn Waugh (Writers and Their Work)

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This introduction to Waugh’s complete fiction devotes a chapter to each of his novels in chronological order, providing a lucid outline of his creative and spiritual trajectory from carefree unbeliever to committed Catholic, from modernist to traditionalist, from comic satirist to ironic realist. The critical analysis of each novel is preceded by a biographical introduction with an unprecedented focus on apparently trivial experiences in Waugh’s life which had a significant impact on the themes, images, and structures peculiar to that novel. Waugh always rated his linguistic and structural craft as a novelist above the generally admired criteria of characterisation and psychological realism inherited from the nineteenth century novel. This study aims to show exactly how ingeniously and wittily his novels are constructed, and how vitally his art is allied to his profoundly moral vision. It is an energetic apologia for an author commonly accepted as a comic stylist, and denigrated as a reactionary bigot of unspeakable opinions.

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Ann Pasternak-Slater is a Senior Research Fellow at St Anne’s College, Oxford. Previously she held the post of Eardley-Wilmot Tutor in English at St Anne’s College Oxford, where she specialised in Renaissance and Twentieth-Century Literature. A respected expert on Evelyn Waugh she is a member of the editorial advisory board for the forthcoming OUP 28 volume edition of the Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh, as well as one of a panel of three Waugh experts for Radio 4’s In Our Time programme.


The management of text with the graphics and the uniformity of the graphics are something for which Jones and Mattingly deserve the highest praise ... The text itself in each chapter is authoritative and above allexceptionally readable ... There are no negatives in the Atlas to be stressed ... In sum, the Atlas is extremely useful to the scholar and informs and educates the layperson, It is a mandatory tool for anyone concerned with Roman Britain. Jones and Mattingly have set superior standards for those who seek to produce atlases of other provinces." (review of the first edition) (R L Fitts American Journal Of Archaeology, 96, 1992)

... a superb piece of work. It should become a classic, enduring study. It is limpidly, elegantly written...it manifests the author's remarkable insight and keen intelligence in every paragraph. (William Boyd The Guardian)

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