Scoop: A Novel About Journalists (Twentieth Century Classics)

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Lord Copper, proprietor of the Daily Beast, prides himself on his flair for spotting ace reporters. Acting on a tip from Mrs Algernon Stitch, he feels he has hit on just the chap to cover a war in the African Republic of Ishmalia... Here begins Waugh's comedy of mistaken identity and his satire on Fleet Street and its pursuit of news.

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Lord Copper, proprietor of the Daily Beast, is persuaded to send fashionable novelist John Boot as a foreign correspondent to cover the civil war in the African republic of Ishmaelia; but, owing to a most unfortunate case of mistaken identity, he actually sends William Boot, a contributor of charming nature notes to the Beast who has rarely ventured out of his rural retreat.

Evelyn Waugh's tale of an innocent abroad is a hilarious satire on journalism, set amidst the powerful currents of the 1930's, and contains a memorable collection of comic creations.

About the Author:

Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.

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