Evelyn Waugh was the finest velist of his generation in England, the 'Commanding Officer' mourned by Graham Greene. He also lived a life less ordinary than most, which, like his alter ego Pinfold's, became increasingly stylised and anachronistic as the class he had gate-crashed lost its pre-eminence in the Age of the Common Man. By the time he died, halfway through the 'swinging sixties', he was regarded as, at best, a museum piece. Then, following the posthumous publication of his riveting Diaries and Letters, he and his work experienced a renaissance that continues to this day, and t just in the English-speaking world. Rather like Hemingway, ather writer imprisoned within his own fantasy, Waugh has w achieved mythical status. Michael Barber examines the man behind the myth, his writings and their significance then and w.
Michael Barber is a writer and broadcaster who conducted a Paris Review interview with Anthony Powell and wrote Powell's entry for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.