Work Suspended

Two Chapters of an Unfinished Novel

WAUGH, Evelyn

INSCRIBED TO PANSY PACKENHAM

WAUGH, Evelyn Work Suspended Two Chapters of an Unfinished Novel

Chapman & Hall 1942.

First edition. Original red cloth, titles to spine gilt. Author's presentation copy, inscribed on the front endpaper, "Pansy with love from Evelyn Christmas 1942 "Nous ne sommes pas le mieux a notre age"" A very good copy indeed with a little fading to the spine and a trace of wear to the corners.

A fine association inscribed to archetypal Bright Young Thing, Lady Pansy Lamb, daughter of Thomas Packenham, Earl of Longford. As a young debutante, Pansy (then Packenham) shared a flat in Ebury Street with Waugh's future first wife, Evelyn Gardner. Waugh's brother, Alec, described the pair as "more than usually pleasant examples of the Modern Girl, emancipated but not brassy". It was with Pansy's encouragement that Gardner agreed to marry Waugh. Lamb, who was a close friend of Nancy Mitford, wrote two novels under her maiden name and became Anthony Powell's sister-in-law upon Powell's marriage to Lady Violet Packenham.
Work Suspended was the title give to the fragments of a novel Waugh abandoned to take up active service. It was published on Waugh's return in edition of just 500 copies, making it quite uncommon.

Stock ID: 35964

£3,000.00

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