Ryan

Virtuoso of the Vituperative

William Cook, Kiss Me, Chudleigh: The World According to Auberon Waugh (Coronet/Hachette, 2011), 384 pages, $49.99.  Asked abruptly (as in a quiz) for the names of two journalists writing in my lifetime whom I most esteemed, I would instantly answer: George Orwell and Auberon Waugh. They might seem an odd pair to choose, and they were barely even contemporaries. (Orwell was born in 1903; when he died in 1950, Waugh had not yet entered his teens.) Their lives and their literary styles could hardly have differed more: Orwell resolutely left-wing, style rather serious but with a transparent clarity and honesty…

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