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Evelyn Waugh: A Biography By Selina Shirley Hastings,

  • Title: Evelyn Waugh: A Biography
  • Author: Selina Shirley Hastings
  • ISBN: 9780395718216
  • Page: 233
  • Format: Hardcover
  • One of the foremost writers of our time, Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics, with a life full of comedy and conflict Selina Hastings, who was granted unrestricted access to his personal papers by Waugh s family, has uncovered a wealth of new material in her eight years of research for this volume Letters, diaries, and family photographs shed nOne of the foremost writers of our time, Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics, with a life full of comedy and conflict Selina Hastings, who was granted unrestricted access to his personal papers by Waugh s family, has uncovered a wealth of new material in her eight years of research for this volume Letters, diaries, and family photographs shed new light on Waugh s childhood, his affairs at Oxford, his ill fated first marriage and subsequent romantic adventures, his World War II military service, and his enduring but thorny friendships with such notable figures as Diana Cooper, Ann Fleming, and Nancy Mitford Perceptive, fascinating, by turns hilarious and tragic, Hastings s portrait gives us Waugh s glittering social life at Oxford, where he was a friend of Harold Acton, Cyril Connolly, Anthony Powell, and Alastair Graham, the inspiration for Sebastian Flyte in Brideshead Revisited Waugh then followed a diverse career as schoolmaster, world traveler, war co
    Evelyn Waugh A Biography One of the foremost writers of our time Evelyn Waugh was also one of its most extraordinary eccentrics with a life full of comedy and conflict Selina Hastings who was granted unrestricted access to

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    1. I have enjoyed Evelyn s Waugh s books for many years and, when I finally deciding to read a biography about his life, there seemed to be only one choice of author Selina Hastings has written intelligent and in depth biographies of W Somerset Maugham and Nancy Mitford, among others and her knowledge of that period of literature, and the people associated with it, are second to none I must admit that I was somewhat worried at reading about the personal life of Evelyn Waugh Having read books by his [...]

    2. I enjoyed reading this biography of Evelyn Waugh almost as much as I enjoyed reading his books Selina Hastings takes the time to carefully analyze each of Waugh s novels and to explain which characters in his books could be identified with real people that he knew Given that most if not all of Waugh s works were romans a cle, this was certainly helpful.Selina Hastings pictures Waugh as a vain and somewhat nasty person, who often behaved badly in public none of which is terribly surprising She al [...]

    3. Whew, that took a while, 626 pages, and a biography about a man who is not very likable or sympathetic, written by a distant, almost dis interested biographer On the plus side, there is wonderful exposition about the British education and class system, though through the lens of an upper class wannabe The strict hierarchy and pecking order in the public schools, the cruel humiliations, crusty old headmasters, secret love affairs, drunken nights and days out, tedious curricula, visits to school c [...]

    4. I knew very little about Waugh before I bought this book I only got it because of the author Selina Hastings I had read her biography of Anthony Blunt which I found very well researched This one is just as good Her research is second to none, and uses not only papers and diaries from Waugh himself but from those with whom he worked, lived and had contact so you do get quite a rounded picture of the man He unfortunately lived up to his reputation as being quite unpleasant and irascible most of th [...]

    5. I love reading Waugh s books, but I was not at all sure I would like Waugh the man Selina Hastings has made him fascinating, if not always likeable, and there were many times when he was a sympathetic character.The author has used a lot of Waugh s own autobiographical writing and that of other members of the family, plus comments from various other people who knew him Waugh is generally critical of himself than others were Most people who knew him, liked him, although he often made a bad first [...]

    6. I love biography, and this was a massive, well written, and well researched book Hastings knows her subject and the time period well She also wrote a biography of Nancy Mitford, who was a contemporary and great friend of Waugh s Waugh is a difficult subject because he was so unlikeable, yet the author portrays Waugh in a three dimensional way The one complaint was that it was difficult to keep track of the huge numbers of people in his life, and it would have been useful to know what happened to [...]

    7. Evelyn Waugh is one of my all time favourite writers and it takes a very great biographer not to disappoint, and goodness Selina Hastings delivers the goods There was barely a dull line in the book, and the prose sparkles with life It takes a very good biographer to steer the reader through books he has read and books he has never read, and never once to lose pace or one s interest I read this book twice in one year, such was the pleasure.

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