A Little Learning (book)

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A Little Learning
First edition cover
Author Evelyn Waugh
Illustrator Evelyn Waugh
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Satire
Publisher Chapman and Hall
Publication date

A Little Learning: The First Volume of an Autobiography (1964) is Evelyn Waugh's unfinished autobiography. It was published just two years before his death on Easter Sunday, 1966, and covers the period of the his youth and education.[1] The title is a well-known quotation[2] from Pope's An Essay on Criticism, "A little learning is a dang'rous thing".

In this unfinished work Waugh passes this observation of post-war society in Oxford:

"It seems that now, after the second war, my contemporaries [at Oxford] are regarded with a mixture of envy and reprobation, as libertines and wastrels."[3]


  1. ^ "Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966)". Universidad de Valencia:Literatura Inglesa. 1996-07-17. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 
  2. ^ Nigel Rees, The Quote ... Unquote Book of Love, Death and the Universe, 1980, ISBN 0-04-827022-9
  3. ^ Cockburn, Claud (2003-04-26). "quoted in "Evelyn Waugh's Ear Trumpet"". CounterPunch. Archived from the original on 2 June 2007. Retrieved 2007-06-15. 


  • Waugh, Evelyn (1964). A Little Learning (1st ed.). London: Chapman & Hall.