WAUGH (EVELYN) A Little Learning. The First Volume of an Autobiography, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony & Violet with love from Evelyn" on front free endpaper, Chapman & Hall, 1964

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WAUGH (EVELYN)
A Little Learning. The First Volume of an Autobiography, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony & Violet with love from Evelyn" on front free endpaper, Chapman & Hall, 1964

Sold for £ 2,125 (US$ 2,912) inc. premium
BOOKS AND LETTERS FROM THE LIBRARY OF ANTHONY POWELL
WAUGH (EVELYN)
A Little Learning. The First Volume of an Autobiography, FIRST EDITION, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED "For Tony & Violet with love from Evelyn" on front free endpaper, approximately 10 pencil annotations (mostly providing the real names of unnamed persons in the narrative) by Powell in the margins, together with a few pencil marks, extract from "The Times" (22 April 1966) concerning Waugh's funeral tipped-in on final blank, publisher's cloth, 8vo, Chapman & Hall, 1964

Footnotes

  • Waugh was a lifetime "fan" of both Powell the man and Powell the writer. In A Little Learning Waugh wrote "In reading his brilliant series of novels I have sometimes thought - and, indeed, have been so foolish as to state as much in a review - that the recurring seemingly haphazard conjunctions of human life, which comprise his theme, pass beyond plausibility... [but] I began to reflect on my own acquaintance with him and understood that his was genuine social realism", outlining the levels, personal and professional, on which their paths crossed from their time together at Balliol onwards, including reference to his wife Violet: "When he married, it was to the sister of the girl with whom my first wife shared lodgings".
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