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The Life of Right Reverend Ronald Knox

Written by Evelyn Waugh

Part of the Penguin Modern Classics Series

The Life of Right Reverend Ronald Knox Synopsis

From Evelyn Waugh, the author of beloved novels such as Brideshead Revisited, A Handful of Dust and Vile Bodies, this is the biography of Ronald Knox - priest, classicist, prolific writer and one of the outstanding men of letters of his time. The renowned Oxford chaplain was a friend of figures such as G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc, and was known for his caustic wit and spiritual wisdom. Evelyn Waugh, his devoted friend and admirer, was asked by Knox to write his biography just before his death in 1957. The result, published after two years of research and writing, is a tribute to a uniquely gifted man: 'the wit and scholar marked out for popularity and fame; the boon companion of a generation of legendary heroes; the writer of effortless felicity and versatility ... who never lost a friend or made an enemy'.

The Life of Right Reverend Ronald Knox Press Reviews

Waugh wrote like an angel ... a fallen one Irish Times

Book Information

ISBN: 9780141391519
Publication date: 2nd August 2012
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Publisher: Penguin Classics an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 496 pages

About Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh, born on 23 October 1903, has been recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the twentieth century. In 1930, following much consideration, Waugh converted to the Roman Catholic Church. He became determined to write a major Catholic biography, and selected Edmund Campion as his subject. Although its publication caused controvery among both Catholic and Protestant readers, it won the Hawthornden Prize. Waugh served in the Royal Marines in the Second World War. Despite the personal and professional problems that he experienced afterwards, he has been recognised as one of the great prose stylists of the twentieth century. He died ...

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