Helena

Helena

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By (author) Evelyn Waugh

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Hardback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 19mm | 294g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141193506
  • ISBN 13: 9780141193502
  • Sales rank: 282,294

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Part of the fabulous new hardback library of 24 Evelyn Waugh books, publishing in chronological order over the coming year. The Empress Helena, mother of Constantine the Great, made the historic pilgrimage to Palestine, found pieces of wood from the true Cross, and built churches at Bethlehem and Olivet. Her life coincided with one of the great turning-points of history: the recognition of Christianity as the religion of the Roman Empire. The enormous conflicting forces of the age, and the corruption, treachery, and madness of Imperial Rome combine to give Evelyn Waugh the theme for one of his most arresting and memorable novels.

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Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. He was educated at Lancing and Hertford College, Oxford, where he read Modern History. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and 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). Waugh travelled extensively and also wrote several travel books, as well as a biography of Edmund Campion and Ronald Knox. Other famous works include his Sword of Honour trilogy, and Brideshead Revisited (1945).