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1930 In the early p a r t of this year, s p e n d s m u c h time with the Guinnesses (to whom, on 4 January, he presents the manuscript of Vile Bodies), and is at work on Labels. January 14 (Tue) Vile Bodies is published and is an immediate success. 17 Is granted a decree nisi (provisional divorce). 23 Tells Harold Acton that he has read Ivy Compton-Burnett's Brothers and Sisters twice with great admiration. February 19 (Wed) By this date, has written 30,000 words of Labels. H. Lawrence dies. Early in the month, finishes Labels.
28 EW's 23rd birthday. Towards the end of the month, successfully proposes a book Noah; or, the Future of Intoxication to the publishing firm of Kegan Paul for their series 'Today and Tomorrow'. Has written about 2000 words by 7 November, and it is finished and submitted within a few weeks. At this time, is assisting Harold Acton in the search for a publisher for Acton's poems. 22 An Evelyn Waugh Chronology November At this time, tries unsuccessfully to obtain a job as tutor in order to earn money during the school holidays.
13 The engagement of EW and Laura Herbert is announced in The Times, after being mentioned the previous day in Tom Driberg's Daily Express gossip column. 14 Visits Alexander Korda, who has accepted EW's 'treatment' and contracted him to write the script for a film to be titled Lovelies over London. During the next few days, sees Olivia Plunket Greene, Mia Woodruff, the Yorkes and other friends. 23 Goes with Laura to spend the weekend with the Betjemans. 25 With Laura to Piers Court for discussions with a builder and a lawyer, then to Pixton.