Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family
Broadway Books, 2008 - Всего страниц: 472
If there is a literary gene, then the Waugh family most certainly has it—and it clearly seems to be passed down from father to son. The first of the literary Waughs was Arthur, who, when he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1888, broke with the family tradition of medicine. He went on to become a distinguished publisher and an immensely influential book columnist. He fathered two sons, Alec and Evelyn, both of whom were to become novelists of note (and whom Arthur, somewhat uneasily, would himself publish); both of whom were to rebel in their own ways against his bedrock Victorianism; and one of whom, Evelyn, was to write a series of immortal novels that will be prized as long as elegance and lethal wit are admired. Evelyn begat, among seven others, Auberon Waugh, who would carry on in the family tradition of literary skill and eccentricity, becoming one of England’s most incorrigibly cantankerous and provocative newspaper columnists, loved and loathed in equal measure. And Auberon begat Alexander, yet another writer in the family, to whom it has fallen to tell this extraordinary tale of four generations of scribbling male Waughs.
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LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - satyridae - LibraryThing
I tried, but I confess to being so put off early in the book that I didn't try very hard. I've never read anything by any of the Waughs, so that no doubt contributed to my lack of interest in their history. I picked this up on the strength of the cover, which is always risky. Читать весь отзыв
LibraryThing ReviewПользовательский отзыв - NellieMc - LibraryThing
This is a well-written book about Evelyn Waugh and his family, but it could be a bit tedious and repetitive. Worth the time if you'reinterested in Evelyn Waugh, England (esp. between the wars) and English literature. Читать весь отзыв