Evelyn Waugh

1903 - 1966

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Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh (; 28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966) was an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books; he was also a prolific journalist and book reviewer. His most famous works include the early satires Decline and Fall (1928) and A Handful of Dust (1934), the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945), and the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–1961). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Evelyn Waugh has received more than 3,274,821 page views. His biography is available in 56 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 52 in 2019). Evelyn Waugh is the 1,489th most popular writer (down from 1,437th in 2019), the 1,147th most popular biography from United Kingdom (down from 1,145th in 2019) and the 133rd most popular British Writer.

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Notable Works

A Handful of Dust
Adultery, Aristocracy (Social class), British
Decline and Fall
Boys, Fiction, Fiction in English
Brideshead Revisited
Catholics, Family, Family chronicles
The Loved One
Cemeteries, Fiction, Fiction in English
One of Waugh’s most irreverent satires, the story focuses on the funeral business in Los Angeles.
Journalists, War correspondents, Novelists
Vile Bodies
Fiction, Social life and customs, Socialites
Waugh’s second novel, published in 1930, is a satire of upper class modern society, savagely parodying the so-called ‘Bright Young Things’ of the nineteen twenties.


Among writers, Evelyn Waugh ranks 1,489 out of 7,302Before him are Avienus, Adam de la Halle, Thoinot Arbeau, Allen Carr, Dmitry Merezhkovsky, and Lord Alfred Douglas. After him are Marianne Weber, Heiner Müller, Adam Oehlenschläger, Stéphane Hessel, Gil Vicente, and Robert Jordan.

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Among people born in 1903, Evelyn Waugh ranks 84Before him are Bob Hope, Karl Eberhard Schöngarth, Charlotte Perriand, Yevgeny Mravinsky, Heinz Reinefarth, and Werner Ostendorff. After him are Prince Nicholas of Romania, Charles W. Morris, Mikhail Kalatozov, Silvina Ocampo, Otto Abetz, and Lou Gehrig. Among people deceased in 1966, Evelyn Waugh ranks 51Before him are Stanisław Jerzy Lec, Elizabeth Arden, Frank Lentini, Jisaburō Ozawa, L. E. J. Brouwer, and Alexander von Falkenhausen. After him are Georges Duhamel, Sadao Araki, Demchugdongrub, Wäinö Aaltonen, Bai Chongxi, and Augusta Victoria of Hohenzollern.

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In United Kingdom

Among people born in United Kingdom, Evelyn Waugh ranks 1,147 out of 8,785Before him are Allen Carr (1934), Domnall mac Ailpín (812), John Austin (1790), Lord Randolph Churchill (1849), Francis Walsingham (1532), and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870). After him are Jeremy Clarkson (1960), Kiefer Sutherland (1966), Keira Knightley (1985), Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836), Oldfield Thomas (1858), and Prince William, Duke of Gloucester (1689).

Among WRITERS In United Kingdom

Among writers born in United Kingdom, Evelyn Waugh ranks 133Before him are Colin Dexter (1930), Elizabeth Siddal (1829), Vita Sackville-West (1892), Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689), Allen Carr (1934), and Lord Alfred Douglas (1870). After him are John Gay (1685), Michael Moorcock (1939), Hugh Lofting (1886), Sister Nivedita (1867), Alistair MacLean (1922), and Ruth Rendell (1930).