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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic (November 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448201187
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448201181
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,670,762 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alec Waugh, 1898-1981, was a British novelist born in London and educated at Sherborne Public School, Dorset. Waugh's first novel, The Loom of Youth (1917), is a semi-autobiographical account of public school life that caused some controversy at the time and led to his expulsion. Waugh was the only boy ever to be expelled from The Old Shirburnian Society.

Despite setting this record, Waugh went on to become the successful author of over 50 works, and lived in many exotic places throughout his life which later became the settings for some of his texts. He was also a noted wine connoisseur and campaigned to make the 'cocktail party' a regular feature of 1920s social life.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S Riaz TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 25, 2012
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First published in 1967, this was an attempt by the author to present a picture of the English literary world through authors that he knew - and he knew many. The son of Arthur Waugh, who spent over forty years at Chapman and Hall, related to Sir Edmund Gosse the chief literary critic for the Sunday Times, and elder brother of Evelyn, Alec Waugh spent his life surrounded by, and involved with, the world of literature. Although the book spans many years and time periods, much of the book is set around the time from his youth to the end of the second world war. Young enough to participate in both wars, Alec Waugh was always positive about the experiences life gave him. While a prisoner of war in 1918 he used his time writing a novel and "acquired the useful habit of working in public". The years of his 'second war' were seen as a time of travel to places he would not otherwise have visited and a break from writing which refreshed him.

This is a chatty and fascinating book - here we have old feuds and literary gossip from an insider. A man brought up surrounded by the publishing world and authors has no need to name drop and, it seems, Alec Waugh met just about everybody that was producing great work in those days. Robert Graves, Siegfried Sassoon, W.Somerset Maugham and just about anybody who was anybody is within this glorious book. We have the story of a bad review which just about ruined Edmund Gosse's life, the horror of Hugh Walpole as he reads himself parodied in Somerset Maugham's "Cakes and Ale" and stands half dressed, unable to put the offending work down. We read of the author's relationship with his brother, his time working at an artists colony in the States and his visits to E.S.P. Haynes, who refused to leave his bombed out house even though the roof was missing.
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