Brideshead Generation by Humphrey Carpenter
Evelyn Waugh and his Friends

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" The Brideshead Generation" discussed a clique of Oxford undergraduates, and " Bright Young Things" of Mayfair in the 1920's . From these emerged a coterie of English literary society, that was labeled "The Brideshead Generation".

About Humphrey Carpenter

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Humphrey Carpenter, the author of THE BRIDESHEAD GENERATION and THE INKLINGS, among other books, was given unrestricted access to all of Tolkien's papers for his biography of Tolkien, J.R.R. TOLKIEN: A BIOGRAPHY.
Published January 1, 1990 by Houghton Mifflin Company. 523 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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But since Carpenter offers a largely psychological rationale for Waugh's behavior and authorial stance--he persuasively ascribes Waugh's combativeness to his lifelong rivalry with his father and older brother Alec and makes much of Waugh's disillusionment when his bride of one year ran off with a...

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Waugh's Oxford set did not have the cohesion of the Bloomsbury set, but nonetheless included such writers as Graham Greene, Anthony Powell and Nancy Mitford.

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London Review of Books

In a brilliant analysis – perhaps the best thing in his book, absorbing as it all is – Carpenter reveals as if accidentally the world of school inside the beau monde of Brideshead, and its rhapsody on high Catholic society.

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