Scoop: A Novel About Journalists

Scoop: A Novel About Journalists

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By (author) Evelyn Waugh, Introduction by Christopher Hitchens

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  • Publisher: PENGUIN CLASSICS
  • Format: Paperback | 240 pages
  • Dimensions: 128mm x 194mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 7 December 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0141184027
  • ISBN 13: 9780141184029
  • Sales rank: 43,493

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Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of 'The Daily Beast', has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia.

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Author information

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.

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Satire on foreign correspondents in a fantastic tale of one William Boot, accidentally thrust into the limelight as foreign correspondent to cover a reputed war in some imagined African country. It was all a matter of confusion of identity - but Boot thought himself elected, and went, a victim to every suggestion, and a success only through his own stubborn inertness, once on the spot, and his abortive love affair with a stranded tart. He makes the headlines on a fluke - is a nine day wonder - and then escapes into anonymity again, leaving another possessor of the name of Boot to take his cloak of glory. Absurd picture of an African village over - run with foreign correspondents, virtually forcing an unwanted civil war upon them, and a satiric commentary on the methods of English journalism. One expects some subtlety in the barbed pen of Evelyn Waugh. This seems dully obvious, a sort of forced and brittle cleverness, with passages of real humor almost lost in the heavy-farce of much of it. Seems to us limited in sales appeal. (Kirkus Reviews)