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The complete short stories and selected drawings
Waugh, Evelyn, 1903-1966.
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Short stories
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New York : Knopf, 2000.

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lxiv, 595 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
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Evelyn Waugh's short stories are the marvelous, concentrated riffs of his comic genius, revealing in miniaturized perfection all the elements that made him the greatest comic writer of our century. We find in them Waugh's almost superhuman technical skill as a writer and his quicksilver attentiveness to the minutiae of human absurdity, as well as his worldly knowledge, his tenderness, his perceptive compassion, and his sophisticated, disabused, but nevertheless forceful idealism.

The thirty-nine stories collected here include such small masterpieces as "Mr. Loveday's Little Outing" and "Scott-King's Modern Europe"; an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust ; a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the hero of Brideshead Revisited ; and two linked stories, remnants of an abandoned novel that Waugh considered his best writing.

This edition contains the original illustrations to "Love Among the Ruins," as well as more than thirty graphics produced by the author as an Oxford undergraduate in the 1920s.

Author Notes

Born in Hampstead and educated at Oxford University, Evelyn Waugh came from a literary family. His elder brother, Alec was a novelist, and his father, Arthur Waugh, was the influential head of a large publishing house. Even in his school days, Waugh showed sings of the profound belief in Catholicism and brilliant wit that were to mark his later years.

Waugh began publishing his novels in the late 1920's. He joined the Royal Marines at the beginning of World War II and was one of the first to volunteer for commando service. In 1944 he survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia and, while hiding in a cave, corrected the proofs of one of his novels.

Waugh's early novels, Decline and Fall (1927), Vile Bodies (1930), and A Handful of Dust (1934), established him as one of the funniest and most brilliant satirists the British had seen in years. He was particularly skillful at poking fun at the scramble for prominence among the upper classes and the struggle between the generations. He lived for a while in Hollywood, about which he wrote The Loved One (1948), a scathing attack on the United States's overly sentimental funeral practices. His greatest works, however, are Brideshead Revisited (1945), which has been made into a highly popular television miniseries, and the trilogy Sword of Honor (1965), composed of Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and The End of the Battle (1961).

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

Introductionp. xi
Select Bibliographyp. xliv
Chronologyp. xlviii
Textual Notep. lxii
Acknowledgementsp. lxiv
The Complete Short Stories of Evelyn Waugh (with dates of composition)
The Balance: A Yarn of the Good Old Days of Broad Trousers and High Necked Jumpers (1925)p. 3
A House of Gentlefolks (1927)p. 39
The Manager of "The Kremlin" (1930)p. 51
Love in the Slump (1932)p. 57
Too Much Tolerance (1932)p. 67
Excursion in Reality (1932)p. 73
Incident in Azania (1932)p. 87
Bella Fleace Gave a Party (1932)p. 103
Cruise: Letters from a Young Lady of Leisure (1933)p. 113
The Man Who Liked Dickens (1933)p. 119
Out of Depth (1933)p. 135
By Special Request (1934)p. 147
Period Piece (1934)p. 155
On Guard (1934)p. 163
Mr. Loveday's Little Outing (1935)p. 175
Winner Takes All (1936)p. 183
An Englishman's Home (1938)p. 201
The Sympathetic Passenger (1939)p. 221
Work Suspended: Two Chapters of an Unfinished Novel (1939)p. 225
Charles Ryder's Schooldays (1945)p. 321
Scott-King's Modern Europe (1946)p. 353
Tactical Exercise (1947)p. 405
Compassion (1949)p. 419
Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future (1952)p. 441
Basil Seal Rides Again or The Rake's Regress (1962)p. 485
The Curse of the Horse Race (1910)p. 521
Fidon's Confetion (c. 1910-14)p. 525
Multa Pecunia (1912)p. 531
Fragment of a Novel (1920)p. 535
Essay (c. 1921)p. 549
The House: An Anti-Climax (1921)p. 553
Portrait of Young Man With Career (1923)p. 561
Antony, Who Sought Things That Were Lost (1923)p. 565
Edward of Unique Achievement: A Tale of Blood and Alcohol in an Oxford College (1923)p. 571
Fragments: They Dine with the Past (1923)p. 579
Conspiracy to Murder (1923)p. 581
Unacademic Exercise: A Nature Story (1923)p. 585
The National Game (1923)p. 589
Details of first publicationp. 593