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Author Name:    Waugh, Evelyn

Title:   Scoop : A novel about journalists

Binding:   Hardcover

Book Condition:   Good

Jacket Condition:   No Jacket

Type:   Hardcover

Edition:   First Edition

Publisher:    Chapman & Hall Ltd., London 1938

Seller ID:   brae

308 pages (complete). The last word on page 88 is "as" - this indicates that this copy is a TRUE FIRST edition and FIRST IMPRESSION. Scoop is, of course, Waugh's first real comedy novel. The hapless journalist was based on William Deedes (later a legendary Fleet Street editor himself; his barely repressed curiosity remained until his last days as did his taste for Scotch). Mrs Stitch was vibrantly based on Diana Cooper (who indeed read and wrote all of her letters in bed; her driving was eccentric and wild until the day she gave up in her eighties; her loathing of taxi-drivers was impeccable). A lovely book to have therefore. This copy's cover has some wear about the edges and head and foot of the spine. The bad cover has some splash marks from storage. The front pastedown has an ex-libris plate designed by the extraordinary Robert Giddings. On the copyright page note that the '8' of 1938 is raised and is often confused as a '3'. The pages are companionable, creamy, clean, clear, comfortable, certain. All quite pleasing. fk

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