Why Was Evelyn Waugh “Apalled” By His Own Work?
The critics love Brideshead Revisited. As you know, it’s on the Time list–that’s why I’m reading it–but it’s also #80 on the Modern Library list of English-language novels in the 20th Century. Newsweek listed the novel as one of its 100 best books of world literature, and the BBC lists it at #45 on its literature list.
By all accounts, this is literature at its finest.
However, the novel’s author, Evelyn Waugh, wasn’t a fan of his own work. In 1950, he wrote to Graham Greene saying “I re-read Brideshead Revisited and was appalled.”
Waugh doesn’t even hold back criticizing the novel in the Brideshead Revisited preface:
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