Mad World

Mad World : Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead

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A terrifically engaging and original biography of one of England's greatest novelists, Evelyn Waugh, and the glamorous, eccentric, debauched, and ultimately tragic family that provided him with the most significant friendships of his life and inspired his masterpiece, Brideshead Revisited. Fans of The Mitfords, D.J. Taylor's Bright Young People, and Alexander Waugh's Fathers and Sons, as well as Anglophiles in general, will find much to savor in Paula Byrne's wonderful Mad World.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 367 pages
  • 149.86 x 223.52 x 30.48mm | 453.59g
  • English
  • Reprint
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0060881313
  • 9780060881313
  • 588,627

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Evelyn Waugh was already famous when Brideshead Revisited was published in 1945. The chronicle of a household, a family, and a journey of religious faith--an elegy for a vanishing world--Waugh's masterwork was a tribute and testimony to a family he had fallen in love with a decade earlier. The Lygons of Madresfield were every bit as glamorous, eccentric, and fascinating as their fictional Brideshead counterparts, their story just as compelling, filled with secrets and betrayals, scandals and unwavering love.

Mad World is Paula Byrne's innovative and engrossing biography of Evelyn Waugh, recalling the loves and obsessions that shaped his world and his writing, capturing Waugh through the friendships that mattered most to him, and exploring how he encoded the defining experiences of his adult life in his greatest literary work.
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"A splendid new book...While displaying the research values of a scholar Byrne also manages to write with the panache and timing of a popular novelist."--Alexander Waugh, Daily Beast
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