The complete stories of Evelyn Waugh

by Evelyn Waugh

Hardcover, 1998




Boston : Little, Brown, and Co., c1998.


Classic Literature. Fiction. HTML: Evelyn Waugh's short fiction reveals in miniaturized perfection the elements that made him the greatest satirist of the twentieth century. The stories collected here range from delightfully barbed portraits of the British upper classes to an alternative ending to Waugh's novel A Handful of Dust; from a "missing chapter" in the life of Charles Ryder, the nostalgic hero of Brideshead Revisited, to a plot-packed morality tale that Waugh composed at a very tender age; from an epistolary lark in the voice of "a young lady of leisure" to a darkly comic tale of scandal in a remote (and imaginary) African outpost. The Complete Stories is a dazzling distillation of Waugh's genius, abundant evidence that one of the twentieth century's most admired and enjoyed English novelists was also a master of the short form..… (more)

User reviews

LibraryThing member ponsonby
Wonderfully evocative and well constructed short stories - also includes some works which are connected to his novels rather than being short stories in their own right. Some of the stories are extremely bleak in terms of the human condition.
LibraryThing member DanielSTJ
I did not care for a single story in this entire collection. It came off as trite, uninteresting, and lacking in form, structure, characterization, and plot. I do not recommend this at all.

1 star.



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