Evelyn Waugh

A Literary Life

  • David Wykes

Part of the Literary Lives book series (LL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. David Wykes
    Pages 1-2
  3. David Wykes
    Pages 11-37
  4. David Wykes
    Pages 165-211
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 212-224

About this book


Waugh's life and his literary life exist in fascinating, dynamic relationship. Virtually all of his fiction was autobiographical, yet he maintained that his novels were 'objects', unrelated to the life of their author. This study traces the shifting relationship of ascertainable fact and imaginative fiction throughout Waugh's career, focusing on the endless negotiation he conducted between life and art, and on why, from being author of the anarchic, hilarious Decline and Fall , he transformed himself into the author of the romantic, eschatological Brideshead Revisited .


fiction novel Romanticism

Authors and affiliations

  • David Wykes
    • 1
  1. 1.Dartmouth CollegeHanoverUSA

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