Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead

Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead by Paula Byrne
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ISBN
9780007243778
Date Released
Binding
Paperback
Pages
384
Dimensions
197 x 130mm
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Evelyn Waugh was already famous when BRIDESHEAD REVISITED was published in 1945. Written at the height of the war, the novel was, he admitted, of no 'immediate propaganda value'. Instead, it was the story of a household, a family and a journey of religious faith - an elegy, in many ways, for a vanishing world and a testimony to a family he had fallen in love with a decade earlier.
The Lygons of Madresfield were every bit as glamorous, eccentric and compelling as their counterparts in BRIDESHEAD REVISITED. In this engrossing biography, Paula Byrne takes an innovative approach to her subject, setting out to capture Waugh through those friendships that mattered most to him. Far from the snobbish misanthropist of popular caricature, she uncovers a man as loving and complex as the family that inspired him - a family deeply traumatised when their father was revealed as a homosexual and forced to flee the country.
This brilliantly original biography unlocks for the first time the extent to which Waugh's great novel encoded and transformed his own experiences. In so doing, it illuminates the loves and obsessions that shaped his life, and brings us inevitably to a secret that dared not speak its name.
ISBN:
9780007243778
Publication Date:
02 / 08 / 2010
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
197 x 130mm

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