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110 Evelyn Waugh 1903-1966
Drawings for Black Mischief
Pen and ink, various sizes (5 x 6.25 inches to 9 x 6.5 inches), 1932
The satirical novel Black Mischief, published in London in 1932, was a burlesque of the attempted modernization of an African kingdom called Azania. In addition to the trade edition, the publishers, Chapman and Hall, issued a large paper edition, limited to 250 copies, with illustrations by the author. Throughout his career, Waugh, who briefly studied art before turning to writing, designed bookplates, produced drawings for magazines, and drew dust jackets for the novels of other writers as well as his own, including Decline and Fall (1928) and Vile Bodies (1930). The double-edged quality of Waugh's irony is especially apparent in "General Connolly at Ukaka," "Destination Unknown," and the frontispiece, "H.I.M. Seth of Azania," three of the eight original drawings in the collection. Waugh satirized not only his conception of the primitive mind, but also the follies of progressive thought and the practices of imperialism, if not the concept of imperialism itself.
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