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The complete stories of Evelyn Waugh.
Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966.
1st American ed.
Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., 1998.
[8], 535, [1] p.
0316925462 (alk. paper)
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Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., 1998.
0316925462 (alk. paper)
contents note
The stories. The balance.-- A house of gentlefolks.-- The manager of "The Kremlin".-- Love in the slump.-- Too much tolerance.-- Excursion in Reality.-- Incident in Azania.-- Bella Fleace gave a party.-- Cruise.-- The man who liked Dickens.-- Out of depth.-- By special request.-- Period piece.-- On guard.-- Mr. Loveday's little outing.-- Winner takes all.-- An Englishman's home.-- The sympathetic passenger.-- My father's house.-- Lucy Simmonds.-- Charles Ryder's schooldays.-- Scott-King's modern Europe.-- Tactical exercise.-- Compassion.-- Love among the ruins.-- Basil Seal rides again. Juvenilia. The curse of the horse race.-- Fidon's confetion.-- Multa pecunia.-- Fragment of a novel.-- Essay.-- The house : an anti-climax. Oxford stories. Portrait of young man with career.-- Antony, who sought things that were lost.-- Edward of unique achievement.-- Fragments : they dine with the past.-- Conspiracy to murder.-- Unacademic exercise : a nature story.-- The national game.
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Fisher copy: With dust jacket.
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Gift; Francois-Michel and Margaret Riches Messud; 2012; RB307778.
Includes bibliographical references.
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Appeared in Publishers Weekly on 1999-08-16:
"It seems to me that Nature, like a lazy author, will round off abruptly into a short story what she obviously intended to be the opening of a novel," observes the Oxford-dropout narrator of "A House of Gentlefolk," and the same might be said of a handful of the 40-odd short pieces in this lavishly entertaining collection that resemble sketches and false starts toward longer works. Among them are two intriguing chapters of Work Suspended, a novel that Waugh abandoned in the mid-1940s, and his Oxford writings and juvenilia. But at his best, Waugh is a blazing practitioner of the short story, for it proves an ideal framework for a style that eschews the psychoanalytical investigations of modernist writers like Joyce or Woolf for taut social commentary, stylized characters and hilarious, dramatic conceits. Few aspects of life in England between the wars escape Waugh's blistering attention, be they the colonial blunderings of innocents abroad, the manners of genteel country families or the antics of his own peers, such as the supercilious Bright Young Thing in "Out of Depth" who antagonizes a magician he meets at a London dinner party and is transported to the 25th century. Waugh loves visiting cruelties upon his characters, like the cuckolded London dilettante in "The Man Who Liked Dickens" who funds an ill-fated expedition to the Amazon, is imprisoned by a Kurtz-like chief and forced to read Dickens to his captor. His misanthropy notwithstanding, Waugh is so adept at punchy openings, deadpan zingers and wickedly ironic situations, and so graceful is his use of language, that this volume should serve, at a time of renewed interest in the short story, as primer on the infinite possibilities of the form. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Appeared in Library Journal on 1999-10-01:
In his portrait of Evelyn Waugh (1903-66), Wykes (literature, Dartmouth Coll.) strikes a balance between chronicling his subject's life and examining his work. Wykes traces Waugh's emotional and creative life from birthÄhe was the second son of well-known publisher and critic Arthur Waugh (a "literary businessman")Äthrough adulthood. The elder Waugh made no secret of the fact that his firstborn son Alec (also a novelist) was his favorite. This early rejection, Wykes argues, helped cultivate the cynicism and dark humor that were so much a part of young Evelyn's Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934). Waugh attended Oxford, worked as a teacher and journalist, and married twice. In 1930, in perhaps the most pivotal move in his life, he converted to Roman Catholicism. This conversion, Waugh believed, helped impose an "eternal order" on the "frantic aimlessness" of his life and his workÄespecially his "eschatological" masterpiece Brideshead Revisited (1945). A concise, readable piece of Waugh scholarship that deserves a place in all library collections; highly recommended. [The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh was published in September by Little, Brown, ISBN 0-316-92546-2, $24.95.ÄEd.]ÄDiane Gardner Premo, Rochester P.L., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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Main Description
A book of brilliant entertainments: thirty-nine stories spanning the entire career of a great modern writer and an undisputed comic genius, "a satirist whose skill at sticking pens in people rates him a roomy cell in the murderers' row (Swift, Poe, Wilde, Shaw) of English letters" (Time).
Main Description
Evelyn Waugh's short fiction reveals in miniaturized perfection the elements that made him the greatest satirist of the twentieth century. The stories collected here range from delightfully barbed portraits of the British upper classes to an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust;from a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the nostalgic hero of Brideshead Revisited,to a plot-packed morality tale that Waugh composed at a very tender age; from an epistolary lark in the voice of "a young lady of leisure" to a darkly comic tale of scandal in a remote (and imaginary) African outpost. The Complete Stories is a dazzling distillation of Waugh's genius-abundant evidence that one of the twentieth century's most admired and enjoyed English novelists was also a master of the short form.
Unpaid Annotation
Collected for the first time in a single volume: all of the short fiction by one of the 20th century's wittiest and most trenchant observers of the human comedy.
Table of Contents
About the Stories
Bibliographical Note
The Balancep. 3
A House of Gentlefolksp. 38
The Manager of "The Kremlin"p. 49
Love in the Slumpp. 55
Too Much Tolerancep. 65
Excursion in Realityp. 70
Incident in Azaniap. 83
Bella Fleace Gave a Partyp. 98
Cruisep. 108
The Man Who Liked Dickensp. 114
Out of Depthp. 130
By Special Requestp. 140
Period Piecep. 148
On Guardp. 156
Mr. Loveday's Little Outingp. 167
Winner Takes Allp. 175
An Englishman's Homep. 192
The Sympathetic Passengerp. 210
My Father's Housep. 214
Lucy Simmondsp. 252
Charles Ryder's Schooldaysp. 299
Scott-King's Modern Europep. 328
Tactical Exercisep. 377
Compassionp. 390
Love Among the Ruinsp. 411
Basil Seal Rides Againp. 440
The Curse of the Horse Racep. 471
Fidon's Confetionp. 474
Multa Pecuniap. 479
Fragment of a Novelp. 483
Essayp. 495
The House: An Anti-Climaxp. 499
Portrait of Young Man with Careerp. 507
Antony, Who Sought Things That Were Lostp. 510
Edward of Unique Achievementp. 515
Fragments: They Dine with the Pastp. 523
Conspiracy to Murderp. 525
Unacademic Exercise: A Nature Storyp. 529
The National Gamep. 533
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