The Cynic

Cynical Without Being Cheaply So, Piquant in Moderation, Racy in Excess Vol. 1 No. 2, February 8th 1916.

[WAUGH, Evelyn]

WAUGH'S ALTERNATIVE SCHOOL MAGAZINE

[WAUGH, Evelyn] The Cynic Cynical Without Being Cheaply So, Piquant in Moderation, Racy in Excess Vol. 1 No. 2, February 8th 1916.

Privately Printed, 1916.

Single quire of eight leaves, mimeographed typescript to rectos only apart from the first leaf which is blank with a frontispiece tipped in to the verso. Original brown paper wrappers with title label pasted on to the front cover. A faint crease to the upper cover, but a fine copy.

From 1910 to 1917 Waugh attended Heath Mount Prep School in Hampstead. During 1916, aged 13 he founded an alternative to the School Magazine. With the help of his friend, Derek Hooper, and his father, whose secretary typed and then printed the magazine, Waugh set about trying to "smash the ramparts of convention" (Diaries). Ostensibly Waugh sought to sell the magazine to help the War Fund, despite having this forbidden by one of his masters and raised 2/6 after expenses from the first issue alone. In reality the magazine served as an outlet for Waugh's already well developed sense of satire. Waugh would later recall the magazine as "flippant rather than cynical; the few jokes that are now intelligible seem very feeble" (A Little Learning), but his formative style is recognisable throughout much of the writing. The magazine ran for five issues, this one having a "magnificent picture supplement", drawn jointly by Waugh and Hooper with a competition for readers to judge which parts were drawn by which boy.

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