HAPPY BIRTHDAY – Evelyn Waugh, born 28 October 1903
“Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.”
My favourite of Waugh’s novels is Brideshead Revisited and I adore the TV series with Anthony Andrews and Jeremy Irons. However, it always puzzles me that it was written by a man who converted to Catholicism, as I feel the book is a warning not to become a Catholic. I grieve every time I read that Julia gives up Charles Ryder because of her religion. I love the novel’s nostalgia, its evocations of Oxford and Venice, and I adore the humour of Charles’s dreadful father at the dinner table.
Waugh’s life is also fascinating. I don’t think he was a very nice man, and he was certainly not a very happy one. I love the fact that he married a woman named Evelyn and they were known as He-Evelyn and She-Evelyn. I don’t think I’d have felt very comfortable meeting Evelyn Waugh.
Evelyn Waugh died on 25 July 1834, aged 61.
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