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Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh
(28 October 1903 - April 10, 1966) U.K.

Evelyn Waugh



Born in London in an middle-class family (a point of much relevance in view of his consummate snobbism and veritable infatuation with the upper classes, both so evident in his work), he was educated at Hertford College, Oxford. He made his name with social satire, for example Decline and Fall (1928), Vile Bodies (1930), and The Loved One (1948).

Evelyn WaughA Roman Catholic convert from 1928, he developed a serious concern with such issues in Brideshead Revisited (1945); his lover Alastair Graham was the model for Sebastian Flyte in this book. The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold (1957) is largely autobiographical.

Waugh's main orientation in the 1920s was homosexual. His first male love was Richard Pares, followed by Alastair Graham. Waugh later claimed that he never regretted the liaisons of his homosexual period: he was convinced that most people grow up gradually and ought to explore a variety of possibilities while young.

In 1927 he married Evelyn Gardner, but their marriage lasted only two years. In 1937 he married Laura Herbert, with whom he raised six children. He established himself as a journalist and travel writer with accounts of a journey through Africa, South America, and Mussolini's invasion of Abyssinia. He casts a cold eye on himself in his revealing Diaries (1976).


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