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Charles Ryder, Julia Flyte and the Operation of Grace in Brideshead Revisited

Reworking an old post on the ending of Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited for the slider, I stumbled on something pretty remarkable, the memorandum Waugh wrote to MGM in 1947 about the possible filming of the book. Needless to say, it is extremely rare that an author, especially of Waugh’s caliber, unpacks the meaning and mechanics […]

Ernest Hemingway and the Failure of Art

From Paul Johnson’s amusing and enlightening book Intellectuals, a lengthy summation of the tragic façade that was the life of Ernest Hemingway: “Why did Hemingway long for death? It is by no means unusual among writers. His contemporary Evelyn Waugh, a writer in English of comparable stature during this period, likewise longer for death. But […]

Unpleasant Associations and Chunks of Wood in Evelyn Waugh’s Helena

To the extent that one makes lists of one’s favorite authors, Evelyn Waugh has long been at the top of mine–or very close to it. Brideshead Revisited was the first novel I read after becoming seriously interested in Christianity that moved me on a sympathetic level, confirming that my cultural and religious curiosities could indeed […]

Evelyn Waugh on Resistance, Grace, and the Ending of Brideshead Revisited

A beautiful turn of phrase from the author’s letters with Lady Mary Lygon, in reference to the death of Lord Marchmain (Hubert), the Flyte family patriarch, at the end of his masterpiece Brideshead Revisited: “I believe that everyone in his (or her) life has the moment when he is open to Divine Grace. It’s there, […]

History Is Made At Night: An Interview with Filmmaker Whit Stillman

To celebrate the release of his first new film in fourteen years, Damsels in Distress, here’s the interview we conducted with filmmaker Whit Stillman in 2009. Good Times! – Whit Stillman’s The Last Days of Disco has finally made its long-awaited DVD debut in an exquisite edition from the Criterion Collection. The final (and some might […]