Scoop - 1st signed
Scoop by Evelyn Waugh. First UK edition. First impression from 1938 in near fine condition. Flat signed by Evelyn Waugh to title page. There is a mark to the front endpage, no other internal markings. The jacket is 1st state with 'Daily Beast' on the front panel. It has also benefited from some professional restoration to spine and edges. The book's original owner was Pamela Chichester from whom Waugh derived the term 'Mrs Chichesterese' as a general way of speaking observed in Henry green's work (letters p.328).
So Lord Copper, newspaper magnate and proprietor of the Daily Beast, has always prided himself on his intuitive flair for spotting ace reporters. That is not to say he has not made the odd blunder, however, and may in a moment of weakness make another. Acting on a dinner party tip from Mrs. Algernon Stitch, Lord Copper feels convinced that he has hit on just the chap to cover a promising war in the African Republic of Ishmaelia. So begins Scoop, Waugh's exuberant comedy of mistaken identity and brilliantly irreverent satire of the hectic pursuit of hot news.
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