The 10th of April 2016 will be the 50th anniversary of the death of Evelyn Waugh - hailed by Graham Greene as 'the greatest novelist of my generation', yet reckoned by Hilaire Belloc to have been possessed by the devil.
Waugh's literary reputation has risen steadily ever since Greene's assessment in 1966. Philip Eade's biography is a new biography for a new generation. His book spans the whole of Waugh's life, presenting the most revealing and in some cases unknown events of his 63 years (1903-1966) in a stimulating and highly readable narrative. It looks at Waugh's life from his standpoint as a means of better understanding his famously complex character, as well as examining how he was seen by others. It also reviews the extent to which his various experiences and relationships informed his fiction, and describes his life in the broader context of early to mid 20th-century social history.
Eade offers a more contemporary view than previous biographies, explaining why Waugh's work continues to grow in popularity. It takes account of the most recent Waugh scholarship and makes use of extensive unseen primary sources that cast new light on many of the key phases and themes of Waugh's life: his difficult relationship with his embarrassingly sentimental father and favoured elder brother, and the burning ambition they inadvertently provoked in him; his love affair with Alastair Graham at Oxford; his disastrous first marriage to Evelyn Gardner and its complicated annulment; his momentous conversion to Roman Catholicism; his complex interest in the aristocracy, and what the aristocrats made of him; his chequered wartime career and fateful enmity with Lord Lovat; his nervous breakdown; his strangely successful marriage to Laura Herbert; his unconventional attitude to his six children; his sharp tongue; his devastating wit; his egomania; and the love, fear and loathing that he variously inspired.Über den Autor:
Philip Eade's two previous books (SYLVIA and YOUNG PRINCE PHILIP) have proved his credentials as one of our best biographers and chroniclers of 20th century upper-class social history. He lives in London.
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Buchbeschreibung WEIDENFELD & NICOLSON Jul 2016, 2016. Buch. Buchzustand: Neu. 242 x 163 x 38 mm. Neuware - A biography of one of the greatest writers of the 20th century, Evelyn Waugh, which ties in with the 50th anniversary of his death in April 2016. Offers a more contemporary view than previous biographies, and explains why Waugh's work continues to grow in popularity. From the author of 'Sylvia' and 'Young Prince Philip'. Englisch. Artikel-Nr. 9780297869207