EW published Decline and Fall
, his first novel. Several sexually risqué passages were toned down at the request of his publishers, Chapman
, but he restored them in a second edition.
28 May 1945
EW's novel Brideshead Revisited
appeared: his most serious fiction to date, confronting spirituality, death, and mortal sin, but also eulogizing an upper-class, country-house life which seemed about to disappear
By early September 1964
Approaching the end of his life, EW published an autobiography, A Little Learning
(whose title comes from Alexander Pope
, recommending either substantial learning or none at all).
Easter Sunday, 10 April 1966
EW, novelist, died of a massive coronary at his home, Combe Florey