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Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford

With Illustrations by Amy Dodd and a Foreword by Alexander Waugh
Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford years were so formative that the city never left him, appearing again and again in his novels in various forms. This book explores in rich visual detail the abiding importance of Oxford as both location and experience in Waugh’s works. Drawing on specially commissioned illustrations and previously unpublished photographic material, it provides a critically robust assessment of the author’s engagement with Oxford over the course of his literary career.
            Following a brief overview of Waugh’s life and work, subsequent chapters examine the prose and graphic art Waugh produced as an undergraduate, together with his portrayal of Oxford in Brideshead Revisited and his memoir, A Little Learning. A specially commissioned, hand-drawn trail around Evelyn Waugh’s Oxford guides the reader around the city Waugh knew and loved through such iconic locations as the Botanic Garden, the Oxford Union, and the Chequers.
            A unique literary biography, this book brings to life Waugh’s Oxford, exploring the lasting impression it made on one of the most accomplished literary craftsmen of the twentieth century.

176 pages | 65 illustrations | 6 1/4 x 8 1/4

Biography and Letters

Literature and Literary Criticism: General Criticism and Critical Theory

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Alexander Waugh
Evelyn Waugh’s Life & Works

Evelyn Arthur St John Waugh, 1903–1966

Evelyn Waugh’s City
City of Invention
City of Memory
City of Imagination

Exploring Waugh’s Oxford
Hertford College
The New Theatre
Hall Brothers
New College
The Hypocrites Club
Balliol College
The Junk Shop
The Oxford Canal
Alice’s Shop
The Oxford Union
St John’s College & Campion Hall
Maltby’s the Bookbinders
The Railway Station
The Old Palace
Christ Church
Oxford Botanic Garden
Merton Street

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