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A Handful of Dust

by WAUGH, Evelyn

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London: Chapman and Hall Ltd., (1934).. Fifth impression. 8vo. 348, (4) pp. Publisher's rust cloth, black lettered to the spine and with publisher's crest to the upper board, early ownership inscription to the front free endpaper. Frontispiece. Slight wear to the extremities, a little fading and marking to the spine. Published the same month as the first printing, this in a variant binding from the usual red and black snakeskin patterned cloth.

British writer Evelyn Waugh’s A Handful of Dust tells the story of Tony Last, a disillusioned and soon-to-be-divorced country squire, who travels of the jungle of Brazil — only to find himself the prisoner of an unhinged settler who forces him to continuously read aloud the works of Charles Dickens. A Handful of Dust is often grouped with Waugh’s satirical novels prior to World War II; however, because of its serious undertones, it can also been seen as a transitional work to his more substantial postwar fiction. The novel has autobiographical elements, reflecting the author’s own failed marriage and his resulting South American journey in 1933-1934. But on a deeper note, A Handful of Dust illustrates the parallels the savage nature of London society with uncivilized barbarity of the jungle. Waugh first used Tony as the protagonist in his 1933 short story titled The Man Who Liked Dickens. The piece was published in the US in Hearst's International–Cosmopolitan and in Britain in Nash's Pall Mall Magazine. Tony’s story was then serialized — after much revision and expansion — under the title A Flat in London. When it came time to publish the story as a novel, Waugh selected the title A Handful of Dust, inspired by a line in T. S. Eliot's The Waste Land: "I will show you fear in a handful of dust." Upon publication, the critical reception of A Handful of Dust was less than impressive. Yet the novel was and has remained popular with the public and has never been out of print. A Handful of Dust is ranked 34th on Modern Library’s “100 Best” English-language novels of the 20th century. It is also listed as one of TIME’s “100 Best Novels” (since 1923).  Read more: Identifying first editions of A Handful of Dust

  • Bookseller: Bow Windows Bookshop GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 31653
  • Title: A Handful of Dust
  • Author: WAUGH, Evelyn
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: London: Chapman and Hall Ltd.
  • Date published: (1934).
  • Keywords: Literature LITERATURE


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