Evelyn Waugh was a Twentieth Century novelist
When and Where was he Born?
28th October 1903, at 11 Hillfield Road, Hampstead, London, England. Christened Evelyn Arthur Waugh.
Evelyn 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.
1922: (January) 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 in Buckinghamshire.
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 Mediterranean cruise.
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 South America.
1935: Evelyn Waugh goes to Abyssinia reporting for the Daily Mail newspaper.
1937: Moves to Piers Court, Stinchcombe, Gloucestershire.
1938: Daughter Teresa is born.
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 born.
1947: Visits USA.
1948: Lectured in USA.
1950: Son Septimus born.
1954: Evelyn Waugh has a nervous breakdown during voyage to Ceylon.
1955: Visited Jamaica.
1956: Moved to Combe Florey, Somerset.
1958: Travels through Africa.
1932: “Black Mischief”.
1934: “A Handful of Dust.”
1935: “Biography of the Elizabethan Catholic martyr Edmund Campion.
1942: “Put Out More Flags”. “Work Suspended”.
1939: “Robbery Under Law” (Travel book)
1945: “Brideshead Revisited”.
1948: “The Loved One”.
1955: “Officers and Gentlemen”.
1957: “The Ordeal Of Gilbert Penfold”.
1961: “Unconditional Surrender”.
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.
When and Where did he Die?
10th April 1966, Combe Florey, Taunton, Somerset, England of a heart attack after attending a Sunday church service.
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Site of Grave:
St. Peter and St. Paul’s Churchyard, Combe Florey, Somerset, England.
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