A Handful of Dust

A Handful of Dust

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By (author) Evelyn Waugh

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 112mm x 181mm x 14mm | 138g
  • Publication date: 28 August 2003
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141187468
  • ISBN 13: 9780141187464
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Sales rank: 1,263,536

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After seven years of marriage, the beautiful Lady Brenda Last is bored with life at Hetton Abbey, the Gothic mansion that is the pride and joy of her husband, Tony. She drifts into an affair with the shallow socialite John Beaver and forsakes Tony for the Belgravia set. Brilliantly combining tragedy, comedy and savage irony, A Handful of Dust captures the irresponsible mood of the 'crazy and sterile generation' between the wars. The breakdown of the Last marriage is a painful, comic re-working of Waugh's own divorce, and a symbol of the disintegration of society.

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Evelyn Waugh was born in 1903 and was educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1945 he published Brideshead Revisited and he won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1952 for Men at Arms. Evelyn Waugh died in 1966.