I am going to come out of the closet on this one and confess that I find
Waugh the man more interesting than Waugh’s novels, which I have found very
variable. I have got more pleasure from the Letters, Diaries and
Essays/Journalism than from the novels. In fact, I’ll admit I have never
been able to finish BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (though this is the only Waugh
novel I’ve tried of which I can say that). I speak as an English boy,
though, strongly allergic to class snobbery. In BRIDESHEAD, from what I
recall of it, Waugh’s snobbery was utterly out of control.
Did you know that Waugh’s waste-paper basket is at the University of Texas?