Evelyn Waugh Bio, Age, Height, Weight, Family, Education, Career, Net worth, Salary, Wife, Children, Books, Quotes, Cause of death

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Evelyn Waugh Biography

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh(Evelyn Waugh) was an English writer of novels, biographies, and travel books. In addition to that, he was also a prolific journalist and book reviewer. His most famous works include;

  • the early satires Decline and Fall (1928)
  • A Handful of Dust (1934)
  • the novel Brideshead Revisited (1945)
  • the Second World War trilogy Sword of Honour (1952–1961).

Evelyn Waugh Age

Born in the year 1903 on the month of October 28th in West Hampstead, London, England. Unfortunately, died at the age of 62 years in 1966 on the 10th of April at Combe Florey, Somerset, England.

Evelyn Waugh Height

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Evelyn Waugh Weight

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Evelyn Waugh Family

However, he was born on 28 October 1903 to Arthur Waugh and Catherine Charlotte Raban into a family with English, Scottish, Welsh, Irish and Huguenot origins. So, during the year 1907, the Waugh family left Hillfield Road for Underhill, a house that Arthur had built in North End Road, Hampstead, close to Golders Green. Therefore, then a semi-rural area of dairy farms, market gardens, and bluebell woods.

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Evelyn Waugh Education

Nevertheless, he still received his first school lessons at home, from his mother, with whom he formed a particularly close relationship. In addition to that, his father, Arthur Waugh, was a more distant figure, whose close bond with his elder son, Alec, was such that Evelyn often felt excluded. Later on, in September 1910, Evelyn began as a day pupil at Heath Mount preparatory school. So, outside school, he and other neighborhood children performed plays, usually written by Waugh.

However, in 1914, after the First World War began, Waugh and other boys from the Boy Scout Troop of Heath Mount School were sometimes employed as messengers at the War Office. Evelyn loitered about the War Office in hope of glimpsing Lord Kitchener but never did. Later on, he arrived in Oxford in January 1922. He was soon writing to old friends at Lancing about the pleasures of his new life; he informed Tom Driberg: “I do no work here and never go to Chapel”.

However, as he had begun at Hertford in the second term of the 1921–22 academic year, Waugh had completed only eight terms’ residence when he sat his finals, rather than the nine required under the university’s statutes.

Evelyn Waugh Career

Waugh began at Heatherley’s in late September 1924, but became bored with the routine and quickly abandoned his course. Later on, in the summer of 1925, his outlook briefly improved, with the prospect of a job in Pisa, Italy, as secretary to the Scottish writer C. K. Scott Moncrieff, who was engaged on the English translations of Marcel Proust’s works.

So his first biographer, Christopher Sykes, records that after the divorce friends “saw, or believed they saw, a new hardness and bitterness” in Waugh’s outlook. Nevertheless, despite a letter to Acton in which he wrote that he “did not know it was possible to be so miserable and live”.

Furthermore, on 29 September 1930, he was received into the Catholic Church. Apparently, this shocked his family and surprised some of his friends, but he had contemplated the step for some time. Nonetheless, by 1960, a shortage of money led him to agree to an interview on BBC Television, in the Face to Face series conducted by John Freeman.

Later on, in 1960, Waugh was offered the honor of a CBE but declined, believing that he should have been given the superior status of a knighthood. In September, he produced his final travel book, A Tourist in Africa, based on a visit made in January–March 1959.

Evelyn Waugh’s Net worth

Actually, his estimated net worth is $ USD 3 Mil, and his Primary income is from a writer, and war correspondent.

Evelyn Waugh Salary

Similarly, his income source is mostly from being a successful Writer. He is from the UK. We have not yet estimated his salary because it is currently under review.

Evelyn Waugh Wife

On his conversion, Waugh had accepted that he would be unable to remarry while Evelyn Gardner was alive. However, he wanted a wife and children, and in October 1933, he began proceedings for the annulment of the marriage on the grounds of “lack of real consent”. In the meantime, following their initial encounter in Portofino, Waugh had fallen in love with Laura Herbert. He proposed marriage, by letter, in the spring of 1936. Eventually, the marriage took place on 17 April 1937 at the Church of the Assumption in Warwick Street, London.


Fortunately, the couple had seven children, one of whom died in infancy. Their first child, a daughter, Maria Teresa, was born on 9 March 1938, and a son, Auberon Alexander, on 17 November 1939.

Waugh's family


  • Brideshead Revisited
  • Vile Bodies
  • Decline and Fall
  • Scoop (novel)
  • A Handful of Dust
  • The Loved One Evelyn Waugh
  • Black Mischief
  • Men at Arms (Waugh novel)
  • Officers and Gentlemen
  • The complete stories of Evelyn Waugh.
  • Helena (Waugh novel)
  • The Ordeal of Gilbert Pinfold
  • Unconditional Surrender (novel)
  • Put Out More Flags
  • The Letters of Evelyn Waugh
  • Edmund Campion Evelyn Waugh
  • A Little Learning
  • Labels Evelyn Waugh
  • Remote People
  • Ninety-two Days Evelyn Waugh
  • The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh


So, the following include quotes from Waugh;

  • “Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all.” …
  • “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.” …
  • “It doesn’t matter what people call you unless they call you to pigeon pie and eat you up”
  • “After all, damn it, what does being in love mean if you can’t trust a person.”
  • “I should like to bury something precious in every place where I’ve been happy and then, when I’m old and ugly and miserable, I could come back and dig it up and remember.”
  • “There’s only one great evil in the world today. Despair.”
  • “[Change is] the only evidence of life.”
  • “To understand all is to forgive all.”
  • “O God, make me good, but not yet.”
  • “I have a good mind not to take Aloysius to Venice. I don’t want him to meet a lot of horrid Italian bears and pick up bad habits.”

Cause of Death

As he approached his sixties, Waugh was in poor health, prematurely aged, “fat, deaf, short of breath”, according to Patey. Therefore, his biographer Martin Stannard likened his appearance around this time to that of “an exhausted rogue jollied up by drink”. Waugh had welcomed the accession in 1958 of Pope John XXIII and wrote an appreciative tribute on the pope’s death in 1963. However, he became increasingly concerned by the decisions emerging from the Second Vatican Council.

Later on, his physical and mental deterioration prevented any work on these projects, and the contracts were canceled. He actually, described himself as “toothless, deaf, melancholic, shaky on my pins, unable to eat, full of dope, quite idle” and expressed the belief that “all fates were worse than death”. At that time, his only work was editing the three war novels into a single volume, published as Sword of Honour.

On Easter Day, 10 April 1966, after attending a Latin Mass in a neighboring village with members of his family, Waugh died of heart failure at his Combe Florey home, at 62. Nevertheless, was buried, by special arrangement, in a consecrated plot outside the Anglican churchyard of the Church of St Peter & St Paul, Combe Florey. A Requiem Mass, in Latin, was celebrated in Westminster Cathedral on 21 April 1966.