The Letters Of Evelyn Waugh

The Letters Of Evelyn Waugh Evelyn Waugh was a loving Husband a wise and affectionate father and the funniest English novelist of the century This selection of letters does full justice to these splendid attribute s Phillip Toy

  • Title: The Letters Of Evelyn Waugh
  • Author: Evelyn Waugh
  • ISBN: 9781857992458
  • Page: 334
  • Format: None
  • Evelyn Waugh was a loving Husband, a wise and affectionate father and the funniest English novelist of the century This selection of letters does full justice to these splendid attribute s Phillip Toynbee.

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    1. Years ago I wanted to see through different eyes, so I picked some men and read everything by them and about them. Evelyn Waugh I picked because he seemed to have a mind utterly alien to me in just about all ways--except that he deeply loved literature, and beautiful things, especially beautiful editions of books. We connected there.I discovered a complex individual whose weakness was not loving other men (he managed to shove that down below the surface and keep it there after he left Oxford) bu [...]

    2. I found the early part of this book rather stagnant. Waugh comes across within his letters as immature. He seems to settle into a stereotype of what every young undergraduate from the upper middle class should act like - boorish. It isn't until we reach the Second World War when he writes his letters to wife Laura, that we start to see more of what the man was really like. Glimpses only I suspect but a character even then with strong principles. Waugh was very much of the society he came from. H [...]

    3. I kept this book next to my bed for many years, opening it at random (after having read it cover to cover, of course) for reflection and laughs. One of my very favorite books.

    4. Really should rate it four stars, but found Waugh rather horrible after a while. Excellent writing, of course, and sometimes terribly funny, but oh! What a terrible, smug little snob he was. Fascinating look at the time. Prefer his collected correspondence w/ Nancy Mitford as her letters leaven his.

    5. These are must-reads for Waugh fans. He takes letter-writing to a whole new height of hilarity, scathing commentary, joking, and much else. Addictive reading.

    6. Enjoyable in their breadth and wit; frustrating in their prejudice but without the prejudice, waugh would not have been Waugh

    7. Recommended by James Schall in Another Sort of Learning, Chapter 14, as one of Eight Collections of Essays and Letters Not To Be Missed.

    8. I got interested in Waugh through reading about his friend and correspondent Nancy Mitford. He's a hard guy to like, but he's smart and he had a lot of fascinating friends and acquaintances.

    9. "I did not know it was possible to be so miserable and live, but I am told that this is a common experience."

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