|Educated at Oxford, Waugh worked as a schoolteacher--a job he loathed--until his first novel, DECLINE AND FALL, was published in 1928. He served in the Royal Marines in World War II, stationed in Crete and Yugoslavia, the setting for his trilogy, "Sword of Honor". In 1930 he converted to Roman Catholicism; his "Catholic" novel, BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, was published in 1945. In addition to novels, Waugh also wrote nonfiction, particularly on travel. He was married twice, and was a neglectful father to several children. He spent the end of his life in the village of Combe Florey, in Somerset and died, after going to Mass, on Easter Sunday, 1966. Waugh was an often irascible, curmudgeonly personality, but his brilliantly comic satirical fiction, dissecting the British upper classes, has been not only critically acclaimed but wildly popular; the dramatization of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED by the BBC was watched fanatically by millions.