Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh

Original Name Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh
Birth
Hampstead, London Borough of Camden, Greater London, England
Death 10 Apr 1966 (aged 62)
Combe Florey, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
Burial Combe Florey, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England
Memorial ID 3199 · View Source
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Author. Educated at Lancing College, Sussex, and at Hertford College, Oxford, his first published work was in non-fiction, a biography of painter and poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti in 1928. Later that same year, his first novel 'Decline and Fall,' was released and proved successful. The darker, though more popular work, 'Vile Bodies,' followed two years later. He also contributed to such periodicals as 'The Graphic,' 'Town and Country' and 'Harper's Bazaar' between novels. A trip through Africa resulted in the travel book 'Remote People' (1931) and the novel 'Black Mischief' (1932) for which he was accused of obscenity and blasphemy. In 1934 he published the critically acclaimed, 'A Handful of Dust.' During the second World War he volunteered for the Royal Marines, but was later transferred to the Horse Guards, after breaking his leg during training, he used the recovery time to write the novel, 'Brideshead Revisited' (1945) which proved hugely successful. Other novels followed including 'The Loved One' (1948), 'Helena' (1950), 'Love Among the Ruins' (1953), and 'The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold' (1957), none of which reached the levels of success of 'Brideshead.' In 1960, he was offered the honor of Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, but apparently refused as it was not a high enough rank. His final novella, 'Basil Seal Rides Again' was published in 1963 and lambasted by critics. The following year, his autobiography, 'A Little Learning,' was published. His health had begun to fail, however, and he succumbed to heart failure on Easter day at the age of 62. 'The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh,' edited by Michael Davie were published in 1976, and a selection of his letters, edited by Mark Amory, was published in 1980.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Evelyn Waugh (28 Oct 1903–10 Apr 1966), Find A Grave Memorial no. 3199, citing St Peter and St Paul Churchyard, Combe Florey, Taunton Deane Borough, Somerset, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .