Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh, 1903 - 1966

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Born: 28 October 1903, London, England, UK
Died: 10 April 1966, Combe Florey, Somerset, England, UK

The son of a noted editor and publisher (Arthur Waugh), he was raised in an upper-middle class home and attended Heath Mount School. He would have gone on to Sherborne but his older brother had embarrassed them so the school refused to accept Evelyn who then went to Lancing College. He went to Hertford College, Oxford but devoted his energy to his social life, his exams were such that he would have ended with third-class degree, so he didn't bother finishing. He taught in Wales for a while, tried to drown himself at one point, then turned to writing and was a success from the start. He converted to Catholicism in 1930. His early work was brilliant satire, he traveled extensively in the 1930s, resulting in several books that are still regarded as among the best ever. When war came he saw combat in Africa, Crete, and Yugoslavia and his Sword of Honor trilogy covering based on his war experience was well received. He was injured in a parachute jump in 1943, the recovery gave him time to finish Brideshead Revisited. After the war he lived in the West Country, from 1956 on at Combe Florey, Somerset. He was critical of Vatican II (he deplored the vernacular), and in 1966 he went to his beloved Latin Mass on Easter, came home, and had a fatal heart attack on his toilet.

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