The Complete Stories of Evelyn Waugh by Evelyn Waugh

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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.
 

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Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966), whom Time called "one of the century's great masters of English prose," wrote several widely acclaimed novels as well as volumes of biography, memoir, travel writing, and journalism. Three of his novels, A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited, were selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the twentieth century.
 
Published January 7, 2000 by Little, Brown and Company. 642 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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It seems to me that Nature, like a lazy author, will round off abruptly into a short story what she obviously intended to be the opening of a novel, observes the Oxford-dropout narrator of A Hou

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But at his best, Waugh is a blazing practitioner of the short story, for it proves an ideal framework for a style that eschews the psychoanalytical investigations of modernist writers like Joyce or Woolf for taut social commentary, stylized characters and hilarious, dramatic conceits.

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The story of a mystery writer's plan to seduce his best friend's wife really does point to the vacuousness of all human relations, invariably shored up by vanity and, as the writer of Ecclesiastes pointed out long ago, undone by accident.

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