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Wood Working: Writer's short stature powered a biting wit that spared no one

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Forty-seven years ago today, British author Evelyn Waugh died at his home in Combe Florey, Somerset. The photographer Cecil Beaton surmised that Waugh "died of snobbery."

There's little doubt that Beaton knew what he was talking about.

And why: "His abiding complex and the source of much of his misery was that he was not six-foot tall, extremely handsome and a rich duke."

Right again, Cecil.

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