An Archived Interview With Evelyn Waugh

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Evelyn Waugh gives an interview with the BBC. Joan Bakewell’s preface is absurd. Waugh was simply shrewd and cautiously private. Joseph Trabbic comments on the interview here. My favorite Waugh quip from the interview–when asked if he is different now from his days in the aesthete set at Oxford he says, “Yes, in middle age one doesn’t have to dress up in special clothes to enjoy architecture.” I also enjoyed Waugh’s look of frustration and bewilderment when the interviewer asks him in a patronizing way what comfort and happiness Waugh gets from his Catholic faith. Waugh finally answers (in effect), “It’s not some sort of lucky dip where you ‘get’ something from religion. It’s because it’s true.”

  • Jeannine

    My favorite line, about his college days: “My father gave me more than I basically needed, and I spent about twice as much.”

    I agree with you about that introduction. I thought that Waugh was delightful.