Fathers and Sons English eccentrics abound in Fathers and Sons — a look at the writer-heavy Waugh family. Alexander Waugh begins with his sadistic great-great-grandfather, a doctor referred… Fathers and Sons English eccentrics abound in Fathers and Sons — a look at the writer-heavy Waugh family. Alexander Waugh begins with his sadistic great-great-grandfather, a doctor referred… 2007-05-15 Biography Nonfiction
Book Review

Fathers and Sons (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 15, 2007; Genres: Biography, Nonfiction

English eccentrics abound in Fathers and Sons — a look at the writer-heavy Waugh family. Alexander Waugh begins with his sadistic great-great-grandfather, a doctor referred to by his descendants as ''the Brute,'' who was given to firing a shotgun inches away from the ears of son Arthur to fortify the boy's character. Arthur himself had an unhealthily obsessive relationship with his heir, the sex-crazed Alec, while Alec's brother Evelyn — author of Brideshead Revisited — once dismissed his two oldest children as ''a great bore.'' It is a description that could not be applied to the hugely entertaining tales of literature and lunacy featured here.

Originally posted May 18, 2007 Published in issue #935 May 25, 2007 Order article reprints
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