London: Chapman and Hall, no date . [Modern Literature] FIRST EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.144. Publisher's blue cloth, with gilt titles to spine and marbled endpapers, pictorial jacket priced at 7/6. Some dustiness and toning, jacket rubbed with some chips to spine. A very good, used copy. Evelyn Waugh's 'The Loved One' is a short novel about the excesses of a Californian funeral business. A contemporary review described it as "... a thoroughly horrible and fiendishly entertaining book... Rarely in fiction have such execrably bad taste and such cruel wit been combined in one short satirical novel.... Its humors are ghoulish and its hyena laughter snarls obscenely." Item #51496
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