Who was Evelyn Waugh?
Evelyn Waugh was a twentieth century novelist.
Date and Place of Birth:
28th October 1903, at
11 Hillfield Road, Hampstead, London, England. Christened
Evelyn Arthur Waugh.
Waugh was the second child of Arthur Waugh, a
man of letters and publisher and Prudent Catherine Raban.
Lancing. Hertford College, Oxford.
Chronology/Biography of Evelyn Waugh:
1910: Goes to Heath
Mount preparatory school.
1917: Evelyn Waugh
goes to Lancing College in Sussex.
Goes up to Hertford College, Oxford to read History.
1924: Leaves Oxford
without taking his degree.
1925: Becomes a
teacher at Arnold House School in Wales. This is an unhappy time
and he attempts suicide by swimming out to sea but turns back after
being stung by a jellyfish. Moves on to a school at Aston Clinton
1927: Sacked from
Aston Clinton School. Meets Evelyn Gardner for the first time.
1928: Briefly apprenticed
to a cabinet-maker. Then worked as a journalist before he published
his first novel, "Decline and Fall".
1929: Goes on a
1930: Divorces Evelyn
Gardner. Travels through Africa. Converted to Roman Catholicism
which was a major watershed in his life and his writing.
1933: Travels through
1935: Evelyn Waugh
goes to Abyssinia reporting for the Daily Mail newspaper.
1937: Moves to
Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire.
1938: Daughter Teresa
1939: Son Auberon
is born. Goes into the armed forces.
1940: Birth and
death of daughter Mary. Commissioned in the Royal Marines. Becomes
a special assistant to the commando leader Robert Laycock.
1941: Evelyn Waugh
shows bravery during the fighting in Crete evacuating troops whilst
under air attack.
1944: Daughter Harriet
born. Served in Yugoslavia with Randolph Churchill, the son of WInston
Churchill liaising with Marshall Tito's Partisans.
1945: Returned to
London and is demobbed.
1946: Son James
1947: Visits USA.
1948: Lectured in
1950: Son Septimus
1954: Evelyn Waugh
has a nervous breakdown during voyage to Ceylon.
1955: Visited Jamaica.
1956: Moved to Combe
1958: Travels through
- 1932: “Black
- 1934: “A Handful
- 1935: Biography
of the Elizabethan Catholic martyr Edmund Campion.
- 1942: “Put Out
More Flags”. “Work Suspended”.
- 1939: "Robbery
Under Law" (Travel book)
- 1945: “Brideshead
- 1948: “The Loved
- 1955: “Officers
- 1957: “The Ordeal
Of Gilbert Penfold”.
- 1961: “Unconditional
- 1963: "Basil
Seal Rides Again".
- 1964: "A
Little Learning". (Autobiography)
- 1976: “The Diaries
of Evelyn Waugh”.
1. To Evelyn Gardner on 27th June 1928 at St.
Paul's Church, Portman Square, London. (Divorced 1936).
2. To Laura Herbert on 17th April 1937.
Places of Interest:
Date and Place of Death:
10th April 1966, Combe Florey, Taunton, Somerset,
England of a heart attack after attending a Sunday church service.
Age at Death:
Site of Grave:
St. Peter and St. Paul's Churchyard, Combe Florey,