|The Loved One|
|Publisher||Little, Brown (USA) & Chapman & Hall (UK)|
|Publication date||February 1948|
|Media type||Print (Hardback & Paperback)|
The Loved One: An Anglo-American Tragedy (1948) is a short satirical novel by Evelyn Waugh about the funeral business in Los Angeles, the British expatriate community in Hollywood, and the film industry. Arthur Evelyn St John Waugh (ˈiːvlɪn ˈwɔː (28 October 1903 &ndash 10 April 1966 was an English Writer, best known for such darkly humorous and The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Satire is often strictly defined as a literary genre or form; although in practice it is also found in the graphic and Performing arts In satire human A novel (from Italian novella, Spanish novela, French nouvelle for "new" "news" or "short story Publishing is the process of production and dissemination of Literature or Information &ndash the activity of making information available for public view Little Brown and Company is a publishing house established by Charles Coffin Little and his partner James Brown. A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a Book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with Cloth Paperback, softback, or softcover describe and refer to a Book by the nature of its binding. Arthur Evelyn St John Waugh (ˈiːvlɪn ˈwɔː (28 October 1903 &ndash 10 April 1966 was an English Writer, best known for such darkly humorous and Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West
In the novel, a young English poet, Dennis Barlow, goes to Los Angeles to live with his uncle, Sir Francis Hinsley, who works at a film studio. When he is fired by the studio, Sir Francis commits suicide, and Dennis goes to the imposing necropolis called Whispering Glades (its details clearly inspired by Forest Lawn, which mesmerized Waugh) to arrange for the funeral. Forest Lawn Memorial-Parks & Mortuaries is an American not-for-profit corporation that owns and operates a chain of cemeteries and mortuaries in Los While there, he meets Aimee Thanatogenos, a cosmetician, and competes for her attention with the sinister embalmer Mr. Joyboy.
The comedy is savage and macabre, as biting today as it was when it was written. It attacks the commercialization of what would normally be considered 'sacred'. The Loved One appeared on most of the 'Hundred Best Novels of the Century' lists in 2000.
The 1985 Doctor Who television serial "Revelation of the Daleks" is said by its author Eric Saward to be based on The Loved One. Doctor Who is a British science fiction television programme produced by the BBC. Revelation of the Daleks is a serial in the British Science fiction television series Doctor Who, which was first broadcast Eric Saward (pronounced SAY-ward was born in December 1944 and became a script writer and Script editor for the BBC resigning from the latter post on the TV programme Saward confirms this in the 2005 DVD commentary for the aforementioned story, with several characters in Tranquil Repose (a space mortuary controlled by Davros) being based directly upon names from Waugh's novel. Davros is a character from the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who.
The book was adapted by Terry Southern into a sprawling film of the same name in 1965, billed as The motion picture with something to offend everyone! Not particularly true to the book, the film features many in-joke cameos and familiar California filming locations like the Harold Lloyd estate. Terry Southern ( May 1, 1924 &ndash October 29, 1995) was a highly influential American short story writer novelist essayist screenwriter The Loved One is a 1965 film about the funeral business in Los Angeles, which is based on '''The Loved One An Anglo-American Tragedy''' The year 1965 in film involved some significant events Events Top grossing films (U Harold Clayton Lloyd Sr ( April 20, 1893 &ndash March 8, 1971) was an American Film actor and producer Christopher Isherwood worked on an early version of the screenplay and can be glimpsed as one of 'Uncle Frank's' mourners. Christopher Isherwood ( August 26, 1904 &ndash January 4, 1986) was an Anglo-American Novelist.
Tom Paxton mentions The Loved One, along with Jessica Mitford's book The American Way of Death, as one of the inspirations for his satirical song "Forest Lawn". Thomas Richard Paxton (born October 31, 1937) is a well-known American folk singer and Singer-songwriter who has been writing The Hon Jessica Lucy Freeman-Mitford ( September 11, 1917 – July 22, 1996) British-born writer long resident in the United States was one The American Way of Death was an exposé of abuses in the Funeral home industry in the United States, written by Jessica Mitford and published