Waugh Recrudescens

Lukacs, John
January 1981
National Review;1/23/1981, Vol. 33 Issue 1, p41
The article features the works and life of prose writer Evelyn Waugh. His books are reissued by various publishers. Waugh was a serious writer, a rightist and a reactionary. His reactionary view of the world was not merely an attitude, and it had little to do with political choices. On the other hand, he was not a triumph of character. He was snobbish, cantankerous, cruel, self-indulgent, and malicious. But he was aware of the disharmony of his nature. The wonder is that the equilibrium he failed to find within himself is there in his letters.


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