A Little Order: Selected Journalism

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Penguin Books, 2000 - 192 pages
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Whether celebrating Hogarth or savaging Hollywood, mocking modern manners or inviting readers to 'come inside' the Catholic Church, Evelyn Waugh was incapable of writing a dull sentence. Although he loved to play up to his image as an arch-reactionary, his defence of traditional English architecture, his contempt for party politics, modish Marxism and American-style religion contain as much good sense as bad temper. In this wonderful selection, he explores his Oxford youth, his unexpected conversion, his literary enthusiasms (from P. G. Wodehouse to Graham Greene) - and the perils of basing fictional characters on real people. Most journalism is instantly disposable; decades later, Waugh's retains its capacity to delight, to surprise and to shock.
'One of the most gifted writers this country has produced.'
Nicholas Lezard, Guardian

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A small, judicious selection of Waugh's journalistic pieces, 1917-1964—only a pendant to the recently-published diaries and letters, perhaps, but a display of the author's range without his excesses ... Read full review

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About the author (2000)

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Waugh was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, experiences which informed his Sword of Honour trilogy (1952-61). His most famous novel, Brideshead Revisited (1945), was written while on leave from the army. Waugh died in 1966.

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