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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 28 October 1903London, England, UK
Date of Death 10 April 1966Combe Florey, Somerset, England, UK
Birth NameArthur St. John Waugh

Mini Bio (1)

Evelyn Waugh was born on October 28, 1903 in London, England as Arthur St. John Waugh. He was a writer and actor, known for Brideshead Revisited (2008), Bright Young Things (2003) and A Handful of Dust (1988). He was married to Laura Herbert and Evelyn Gardner. He died on April 10, 1966 in Combe Florey, Somerset, England.

Spouse (2)

Laura Herbert (17 April 1937 - 10 April 1966) (his death) (7 children)
Evelyn Gardner (1928 - 1930) (divorced)

Trivia (7)

He allegedly declined the C.B.E. (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in 1959.
Grandfather of 10.
Son of Arthur Waugh.
Father of Maria Teresa (b. 1938), Auberon Waugh (1939-2001), Mary (1940-1940), Margaret Evelyn (1942-1986), Harriet Mary (b. 1944), James (b. 1946) and Michael Septimus (b. 1950).
Based his character, Rex Mottram, on Brendan Bracken.
Author of Brideshead Revisited.
Satirical British novelist, a convert to Roman Catholicism. He also wrote travel books and biographies. Waugh was an alcoholic and a depressive. His "The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold" (1957) was a revelation about his unhappiness, while "The Loved One" was a satire on the American undertaker's industry. He is best remembered for "Brideshead Revisited" (1945).

Personal Quotes (6)

We can trace almost all the disasters of English history to the influence of Wales.
We cherish our friends not for their ability to amuse us, but for ours to amuse them.
You have no idea how much nastier I would be if I was not a Catholic. Without supernatural aid I would hardly be a human being.
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
I regard writing not as investigation of character but as an exercise in the use of language.
To be oversensitive to clichés is like being oversensitive to table manners.

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