Don’t hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them…Evelyn Waugh


Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.

Pray always for all the learned, the oblique, the delicate. Let them not be quite forgotten at the throne of God when the simple come into their kingdom.

Mad world : Evelyn Waugh and the secrets of Brideshead New York : Harper, c 2010 Paula Byrne Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966. Brideshead revisited Hardcover. 1st. American ed., later printing. xi, 367 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm. Includes bibliographical references (p. 350-354) and index. Clean, tight and strong binding with clean dust jacket. No highlighting, underlining or marginalia in text.  VG/VG   

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.

We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.

Evelyn Waugh was already famous when Brideshead Revisited was published in 1945. The chronicle of a household, a family, and a journey of religious faith — an elegy for a vanishing world — Waugh’s masterwork was a tribute and testimony to a family he had fallen in love with a decade earlier. The Lygons of Madresfield were every bit as glamorous, eccentric, and fascinating as their fictional Brideshead counterparts, their story just as compelling, filled with secrets and betrayals, scandals and unwavering love.

If we can't stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

If we can’t stamp out literature in the country, we can at least stop its being brought in from outside.

Mad World is Paula Byrne’s innovative and engrossing biography of Evelyn Waugh, recalling the loves and obsessions that shaped his world and his writing, capturing Waugh through the friendships that mattered most to him, and exploring how he encoded the defining experiences of his adult life in his greatest literary work.

My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally.

My unhealthy affection for my second daughter has waned. Now I despise all my seven children equally.

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