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Scoop 1
Brideshead Revisited 1


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Evelyn Waugh (1903 - 1966)

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tim helck April 26th, 2006 05:35 AM PST

Waugh was a curmudgeon of the first water. In later years he came to be embarrassed by the lyricism and romanticism of "Brideshead Revisited", which is one good reason to start with it. Another good reason is that it's a masterpiece.

wijmlet August 26th, 2008 01:47 PM PST

Agree about status of Brideshead. Also, see the superb PBS film version, not 2008 film. PBS version is faithful to the original, including much dialogue.

Correction: The (awful) ending of the PBS version is NOT faithful to the book.


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Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh - Born in London, son of a noted editor and publisher, brought up in middle class circumstances. Educated at a top English public school and t Oxford University. Had at least two gay affairs during this time; began to date women in the late 1920s. Apprenticed to a cabinet-maker and worked briefly as a journalist, before the success of Decline and Fall.

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