“Vile Bodies”
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Peek inside the Evelyn Waugh collection at the Huntington

Front cover (dustjacket) of Waugh’s novel “Vile Bodies” (London: Chapman & Hall, 1930). First edition.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
Evelyn Waugh in his library at Piers Court in Gloucestershire in southwest England, circa 1950. (Harry Ransom Center)
Front cover (dust jacket) of Evelyn Waugh’s novel “Brideshead Revisited” (London: Chapman & Hall, 1945). First trade edition.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
Autographed letter from Evelyn Waugh to Alfred McIntyre, editor at Chapman & Hall, Feb. 9, 1948, about Waugh’s comic novel “The Loved One,” which satirized the Los Angeles funeral business, and specifically Forest Lawn. In this letter Waugh accepts the possibility of legal action resulting from the publication of the book and comments on a few details about the mortician in the novel. No lawsuit ensued, and the novel was well received in Britain and the United States.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
Front cover (dust jacket) of Evelyn Waugh’s novel “Decline and Fall” (London: Chapman & Hall, 1928). First edition.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
A page from the corrected typescript of Evelyn Waugh’s first novel “Decline and Fall.” The novel was published in 1928.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
Waugh’s own artwork sometimes appeared in his novels, as on the frontispiece and title page of “Decline and Fall."(Boston: Little, Brown and Co., 1946). Reissue, April, 1946.  (The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.)
Books and manuscripts from the Evelyn Waugh collection donated to the Huntington Library. (Huntington Library)
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