- Author:Jonathan Keeble,Paula Byrne
- Publisher:Isis Audio Books; Unabridged edition edition (May 1, 2010)
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In this engrossing biography, Paula Byrne takes an innovative approach to her subject, setting out to capture Waugh through those friendships that mattered most to him. Far from the snobbish misanthropist of popular caricature, she uncovers a man as loving and complex as the family that.
In this engrossing biography, Paula Byrne takes an innovative approach to her subject, setting out to capture Waugh through those friendships that mattered most to him. Far from the snobbish misanthropist of popular caricature, she uncovers a man as loving and complex as the family that inspired him - a family deeply traumatised when their father was revealed as a homosexual and forced to flee the country. This brilliantly original biography unlocks for the first time the extent to which Waugh's great novel encoded and transformed his own experiences.
Paula Byrne set out to write this book because she believed that Evelyn Waugh had been consistently misrepresented as a snob and a curmudgeonly misanthropist. I, for one, am very glad that she did. Paula Byrne eschews the "cradle to grave" approach, instead focussing on those key moments in Evelyn Waugh's life, and in particular those that informed his work. A few weeks before reading 'Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead', I read and thoroughly enjoyed 'Brideshead Revisited'.
Paula Byrne is the latest to explore the people and the story that inspired the book and she does so with acuity and panache. Her stated aim is to portray Waugh through his friendship with the Lygons, and in the process reveal some substantial new information about the high-society scandal that in 1931 electrified the country. The very grand Lord Beauchamp, Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Lord Steward of the Household, Lord President of the Council, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports, and father of seven children, was outed as a practising homosexual and forced into exile abroad by his crazy.
Paula Byrne's debut book was the study of Jane Austen, Jane Austen and the Theatre, which was published in. .
Paula Byrne's debut book was the study of Jane Austen, Jane Austen and the Theatre, which was published in 2002 by Hambledon and shortlisted for the Theatre Book Prize. An updated version, with a new chapter on stage and film adaptations of Austen, was announced for publication by HarperCollins in 2017, with the new title The Genius of Jane Austen: her love of theatre and why she is a hit in Hollywood. Her book Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead, another top ten bestseller, was published by HarperPress in the UK in August 2009 and HarperCollins New York in the USA in April 2010.
Other Worlds by Paula Byrne. Read On. Have You Read? If You Loved This, You Might Lik. ind Out More. Coda: ‘Laughter and the Love of Friends’. By the end of January he has been granted his three months’ leave, qualified only by a commitment to a little light part-time work for the Ministry of Information. He leaves his comfortable billet in the Hyde Park Hotel and his military uniform with it.
The Mad of Paula Byrne’s title refers to the nickname of Madresfield, the Lygon family seat. After Lord Beauchamp went into exile and Lady Beauchamp fled to the protection of her brother (the Duke of Westminster, who’d raised the scandal), the house was occupied only by the Lygon sisters and their brother Hugh. It was this state of affairs which enabled Waugh to move in on them. Though Waugh warned against viewing Brideshead Revisited as a glorified gossip sheet, this is precisely what Byrne does and it leads to errors of interpretation or emphasis.
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But it tackles precisely the same topic as Mulvagh's. We are promised new revelations as to Waugh's sexual friendships with young men at Oxford, particularly one of the putative models for Sebastian Flyte: Hugh Lygon. He exhibited the requisite childlike grace and beauty, took rooms with Waugh and drank himself to death in Flyte-like manner. Still, two gay relationships at Oxford are well documented, and adding Lygon on the say-so of notorious gossip A L Rowse may not be wise.
"Mad World" is full of fascinating anecdotes. vibrant, absorbing and stranger than fiction' 'Byrne's gift as a writer is her ability to combine scholarship with turbo-driven narrative power