Modern Classics Scoop by Evelyn WaughModern Classics Scoop by Evelyn Waugh

Modern Classics Scoop

byEvelyn WaughForeword byChristopher Hitchens

Paperback | January 2, 2001

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One of Evelyn Waugh's most exuberant comedies, Scoop is a brilliantly irreverent satire of Fleet Street and its hectic pursuit of hot news. Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of The Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs Algernon Stitch, he feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising little war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. But for, pale, ineffectual William Boot, editor of the Daily Beast's 'nature notes' column, being mistaken for a competent journalist may prove to be a fatal error... If you enjoyed Scoop, you might like Waugh's Decline and Fall, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'Waugh at the mid-season point of his perfect pitch' Christopher Hitchens
Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Wau...
Title:Modern Classics ScoopFormat:PaperbackPublished:January 2, 2001Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0141184027

ISBN - 13:9780141184029

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious There aren't many books that are laugh out loud funny, and there certainly aren't many classics - this is both.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Scoop Wonderful! Comig to love Waugh. His humour is an upstairs Tom Sharpe with a Ph.D. in English. Most enjoyable!
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Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun romp through the newspaper business Having come to Scoop right after reading a collection of Waugh's stories and within six months of reading Brideshead Revisited, I was rather surprised by this very funny book. It is nothing like Brideshead in that regard, much lighter in tone and content, and a quicker read. Compared to Charles Ryder's Schooldays, a collection of short stories from the '30s, it instilled a renewed belief in Waugh's literary powers in this reader. This is a novel revolving around mistaken identity and a failed revolution in an obscure African nation. Into this plot are thrown a number of colourful characters and hilarious situations that make for a completely enjoyable read. Don’t expect anything deep here; this novel is more along the lines of a literary confection but one of high quality.
Date published: 2002-08-25