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Evelyn Waugh
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Another Oxford attendee, novelist Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) is perhaps best known for his books, ‘Brideshead Revisited’ (made into a popular TV series in 1981 with Jeremy Irons) and ‘A Handful of Dust’.

The son of a publisher, Waugh did not however, complete his degree and initially became a private school teacher.

The strong Roman Catholic theme threaded throughout ‘Brideshead Revisited’ is reflective of Waugh’s conversion to the faith in 1930.

Written during WW2, 'Brideshead Revisited' is still regarded by many to be Waugh's best work, although of course, he has his critics, some of whom panned the novel as being over-the-top and snobbish.

Indeed, ‘King of Satire’ is a title which could be well applied to Waugh, who put to paper the various comings and goings of the upper-class London socialites.

It should be remembered however, that Waugh produced a collection of other work, including the comedic ‘The Loved One’ in 1948, as well as ‘The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold’ and various journalistic and autobiographical writings.

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