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The Loved One: Penguin Modern Classics

Autor Evelyn Waugh
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 31 aug 2000
SubtitledAn Anglo-American Tragedy, Evelyn Waugh'sThe Loved Oneis a witty satirical novel on artistic integrity and the British expat community in Hollywood, published in Penguin Modern Classics.
The more startling for the economy of its prose and plot, this novel's story, set among the manicured lawns and euphemisms of Whispering Glades Memorial Park in Hollywood, satirizes the American way of death and offers Waugh'smemento mori. Following the death of a friend, poet and pets' mortician Dennis Barlow finds himself entering into the artificial Hollywood paradise of the Whispering Glades Memorial Park. Within its golden gates, death, American-style, is wrapped up and sold like a package holiday. There, Dennis enters the fragile and bizarre world of Aimée, the naïve Californian corpse beautician, and Mr Joyboy, the master of the embalmer's art...
A dark and savage satire on the Anglo-American cultural divide,The Loved Onedepicts a world where love, reputation and death cost a very great deal.
Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel,Decline and Fall, which was soon followed byVile Bodies(1930),A Handful of Dust(1934) andScoop(1938). In 1942 he publishedPut Out More Flagsand then in 1945Brideshead Revisited.Men at Arms(1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes,Officers and GentlemenandUnconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961.
If you enjoyedThe Loved One, you might like Waugh'sVile Bodies, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.
'The master of black comedy'
Sunday Times
'One of the funniest and most significant books of the century'
Alice Thomas Ellis,Daily Telegraph
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Specificații

ISBN-13: 9780141184241
ISBN-10: 0141184248
Pagini: 160
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 9 mm
Greutate: 0.12 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Seria Penguin Modern Classics

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Public țintă

Adult: General

Notă biografică

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.