A small, judicious selection of Waugh's journalistic pieces,
1917-1964 - only a pendant to the recently-published diaries and
letters, perhaps, but a display of the author's range without his
excesses. Under "Myself" are the youthful, impudent pieces (mocking
"the plague of 'good taste,'" satirizing the course of literary
careers - but asking, already, "Why Glorify Youth?") and the late
laments ("Why Hollywood Is a Term of Disparagement," "I See Nothing
But Boredom. . . Everywhere"). The "Aesthete" brings some of
Waugh's keenest observation - of social and cultural modes - and
his most evocative descriptions; surveying the monuments of "our
Augustan age of architecture," he conjures up "A lovely house where
an aged colonel plays wireless music to an obese retriever." The
"Man of Letters" finds him analyzing Henry Green's Living, paying
witty tribute to Osbert Sitwell, celebrating the "unique" career of
Alfred Duggar, and writing about Max Beerbohm with elegance and
tact. The pieces that represent Waugh the "Conservative"
demonstrate his perturbations - a denunciation of a visit by Tito,
the observation that "In general a man is best fitted to the tasks
he has seen his father perform" - without bombast. And Gallagher's
introduction to the "Catholic" writings puts Waugh's Faith in
sympathetic perspective - as do the writings chosen: "Come Inside,"
his own undogmatic account of how he became a Catholic; "Edith
Stein," a meticulous, restrained account of a convert. Throughout,
there is evidence of Waugh's sense of structure and awareness of
style, his enthusiasms as well as his prejudices. Whereas the
diaries and letters may put off readers, this is more likely to
encourage them to explore further. (Kirkus Reviews)
Whether celebrating Hogarth or savaging Hollywood, mocking modern
manners or defending traditional English architecture, inviting
readers to 'come inside' the Catholic Church or expressing his
contempt for modish Marxism and American-style religion, Evelyn
Waugh's journalism is sparkling, sometimes vitriolic and always
full of good sense. In this wonderful selection he explores his
Oxford youth, his unexpected conversion, his literary enthusiasms
(from P. G. Wodehouse to Graham Greene) and the perils of basing
fictional characters on real people. Decades after their
publication, these pieces still retain their capacity to delight,
to surprise and to shock.
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