Two books on Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh by Michael Barber Hesperus Press, 2013, 135 pages, $22.95 Evelyn Waugh: Fictions, Faith and Family by Michael G. Brennan  Bloomsbury, 2013, 170 pages, $39.99    The mysterious chemistry of public opinion decreed that during the closing decades of Evelyn Waugh’s life, and for many years after his death, he would be, as Frederick Raphael put it in a prominent article, “The Artist as a Bad Man”. Criticism in the literary pages became routinely, often ludicrously, personal. My favourite example occurs, of all places, in a review of a bibliography in, of all places, the Bulletin of Bibliography: Evelyn…

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