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This trilogy spanning World War II, based in part on Evelyn Waugh’s own experiences as an army officer, is the author’s surpassing achievement as a novelist. Its central character is Guy Crouchback, head of an ancient but decayed Catholic family, who at first discovers new purpose in the challenge to defend Christian values against Nazi barbarism, but then gradually finds the complexities and cruelties of war overwhelming. Though often somber, Sword of Honor is also a brilliant comedy, peopled by the fantastic figures so familiar from Waugh’s early satires. The deepest pleasures these novels afford come from observing a great satiric writer employ his gifts with extraordinary subtlety, delicacy, and human feeling, for purposes that are ultimately anything but satiric.

Sword of Honor comprises the three acclaimed novels Men at Arms, Officers and Gentlemen, and Unconditional Surrender.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Sword of Honor now clearly emerges as Mr. Waugh’s main achievement to date, and the one piece of English fiction about World War II which is certain to survive.”

    Times Literary Supplement

  • “The best English fictional account of World War II.”


  • “The finest work of fiction in English to emerge from World War II.”

    Atlantic Monthly

  • Sword of Honor was the climax of Waugh’s career as a novelist... He may justifiably have thought of it as crowning his work.”

    Frank Kermode

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About the Author
Author Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh (1903–1966) was born October 28, 1903 in London, England. After short periods as an art student and schoolmaster, he devoted himself to travel and to the writing of novels. His novels are unusually highly wrought and precisely written. Those written before 1939 may be described as satirical. During World War II his writing took a more serious and ambitious turn. Waugh also wrote travel books.