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- DescriptionIn this lively and just account, Douglas Patey follows Evelyn Waugh's career from the comfortable middle-class home he was anxious to flee, through his escapades at Oxford, his adventures in South America and Africa, his experience of war, to his last years as veiled autobiographer. In the process the author explores the nature of Waugh's Catholicism and examines how his religious beliefs began to guide his velistic practice.Arguing that Waugh's vels, like his travel writing and even his biographies, are consistently autobiographical, Patey draws out the connections between the life and work, through a series of compelling chapters. At the centre of his account is the view that Waugh's vels contain detailed spiritual and artistic self-analysis, usually in the form of rejection and atonement.Patey has written a masterful biography, rich in enlivened critical detail. More than any other study of Waugh to date, his book works to redress the bias against its subject that is so representative of Stannards major two-volume study.
- Author BiographyDouglas Lane Patey is Professor of English at Smith College, Northampton, Massachusetts. His previous books include Probability and Literary Form: Philosophic Theory and Literary Practice in the Augustan Age (1984). He is the author of numerous essays on eighteenth-century and philosophical subjects.
- Author(s)Professor Douglas Patey
- PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons Ltd
- Date of Publication26/07/2001
- SubjectBiography: Literary
- Series TitleBlackwell Critical Biographies
- Place of PublicationOxford
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintBlackwell Publishers
- Content Note27
- Weight682 g
- Width154 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine35 mm
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