Fathers and Sons by Alexander Waugh audiobook

Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family

By Alexander Waugh
Read by Dennis Kleinman

Blackstone Publishing 9780385521505
16.59 Hours 1
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If there is a literary gene, then the Waugh family most certainly has it—and it clearly seems to be passed down from father to son. The first of the literary Waughs was Arthur, who, when he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1888, broke with the family tradition of medicine. He went on to become a distinguished publisher and an immensely influential book columnist. He fathered two sons, Alec and Evelyn, both of whom were to become novelists of note (and whom Arthur, somewhat uneasily, would himself publish); both of whom were to rebel in their own ways against his bedrock Victorianism; and one of whom, Evelyn, was to write a series of immortal novels that will be prized as long as elegance and lethal wit are admired. Evelyn begat, among seven others, Auberon Waugh, who would carry on in the family tradition of literary skill and eccentricity, becoming one of England’s most incorrigibly cantankerous and provocative newspaper columnists, loved and loathed in equal measure. And Auberon begat Alexander, yet another writer in the family, to whom it has fallen to tell this extraordinary tale of four generations of scribbling male Waughs. The result of his labors is Fathers and Sons, one of the most unusual works of biographical memoir ever written. In this remarkable history of father-son relationships in his family, Alexander Waugh exposes the fraught dynamics of love and strife that has produced a succession of successful authors. Based on the recollections of his father and on a mine of hitherto unseen documents relating to his grandfather, Evelyn, the book skillfully traces the threads that have linked father to son across a century of war, conflict, turmoil, and change. It is at once very, very funny, fearlessly candid, and exceptionally moving—a supremely entertaining book that will speak to all fathers and sons, as well as the women who love them.

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If there is a literary gene, then the Waugh family most certainly has it—and it clearly seems to be passed down from father to son. The first of the literary Waughs was Arthur, who, when he won the Newdigate Prize for poetry at Oxford in 1888, broke with the family tradition of medicine. He went on to become a distinguished publisher and an immensely influential book columnist. He fathered two sons, Alec and Evelyn, both of whom were to become novelists of note (and whom Arthur, somewhat uneasily, would himself publish); both of whom were to rebel in their own ways against his bedrock Victorianism; and one of whom, Evelyn, was to write a series of immortal novels that will be prized as long as elegance and lethal wit are admired.

Evelyn begat, among seven others, Auberon Waugh, who would carry on in the family tradition of literary skill and eccentricity, becoming one of England’s most incorrigibly cantankerous and provocative newspaper columnists, loved and loathed in equal measure. And Auberon begat Alexander, yet another writer in the family, to whom it has fallen to tell this extraordinary tale of four generations of scribbling male Waughs.

The result of his labors is Fathers and Sons, one of the most unusual works of biographical memoir ever written. In this remarkable history of father-son relationships in his family, Alexander Waugh exposes the fraught dynamics of love and strife that has produced a succession of successful authors. Based on the recollections of his father and on a mine of hitherto unseen documents relating to his grandfather, Evelyn, the book skillfully traces the threads that have linked father to son across a century of war, conflict, turmoil, and change. It is at once very, very funny, fearlessly candid, and exceptionally moving—a supremely entertaining book that will speak to all fathers and sons, as well as the women who love them.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A wonderful critical-loving job…A stupendous story.” V. S. Naipaul, Booker Prize–winning author
“If this tome were merely an excuse to reprint some of Evelyn’s hilarious jottings, it would be well worth the price, but it’s also an absorbing study of how writers process their most painfully formative experiences.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Alternately scalding and tender, this group portrait deserves a place next to other Waugh masterpieces.” Booklist (starred review)
“Written with wit, great shrewdness, and without a trace of sentimentality.” Guardian (UK)
“A remarkable work of family history, exceptional for its honesty, inventiveness, humor and for the beguiling individuality of its author’s voice…Alexander Waugh proves himself outrageously graceful and accomplished with a talent that needs no help at all from his illustrious forebears.” Literary Review (UK)

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Author Bio: Alexander Waugh

Author Bio: Alexander Waugh

Alexander Waugh is the grandson of Evelyn Waugh and the son of columnist Auberon Waugh and novelist Teresa Waugh. He has been the opera critic at the Mail on Sunday and the Evening Standard and has written several books on music, as well as Time, God, and The House of Wittgenstein. He lives in Somerset, England, with his wife, two daughters, and one son.

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Available Formats : CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 16.59
Audience: Adult
Language: English