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Author
Evelyn Waugh.
Publisher Back Bay  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 8.25 x 5.5 x 0.95 inches
ISBN 9780316216425
Pages/Publication Date 333/2012
Daedalus Item Code 43714
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Upper-class scoundrel Basil Seal—mad, bad, and dangerous to know—creates havoc wherever he goes, much to the despair of his sister, his mother, and his mistress. Introduced in Black Mischief and returning in this 1942 novel, Basil realizes that Neville Chamberlain's declaration of war on Germany is the perfect opportunity to resume a career of action and adventure. So Basil follows the call to arms and sets forth to become a war hero. Yet his instincts for self-preservation come to the fore, and he insinuates himself into the Ministry of Information and a little-known section of Military Security, waiting for the "phoney war" to become a real one. Named one of the era's "great masters of English prose" by Time and others, Waugh produced 16 novels, as well as several volumes of short fiction, biography, memoir, and essays. A Handful of Dust, Scoop, and Brideshead Revisited were all selected by the Modern Library as among the 100 best novels of the 20th century, while the Sword of Honor trilogy—Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender—was deemed "the one genuine masterpiece to come out of World War II" (New Republic). This fine trade paperback edition, part of a uniform series of Waugh from Back Bay, includes a readers' guide and supplemental material.

"Extremely amusing.... It starts out as a wicked satire in the well-known Waugh manner and ends up a morality play."—NYTimes

 
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