The Kenyon Critics: Studies in Modern Literature from the Kenyon Review

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let fall in attempting to place it too high. If love, religion and death, seen through his work, are ugly and dirty, it is because we have smirched them endlessly. He has given us a mighty auto- vaccination.

Donat O'Donnell


THE PIETIES OF EVELYN WAUGH

MR. EVELYN WAUGH'S seventh and latest novel, Brideshead Revisited, was fortunate in earning the approval both of the reading public and of the theologians. In England, The Tablet saw in it "a great apologetic work in the larger and more humane sense," and in the United States, where it sold over half a million copies, the critics of the leading Catholic journals concurred in this judgment. One of them, however--H. C. Gardiner, in America, January 12, 1946--complained with justice that all the non-Catholic reviewers, including those who made it the Book of the Month Club selection, had missed the religious point of the book. It seems probable therefore that most of Mr. Waugh's readers, in America at any rate, did not know that they were reading a great apologetic work, and that, if they paid any attention to the Catholicism of Brideshead Revisited at all, they valued it as part of the general baronial decorations around a tale of love and high-life.

In this, of course, they were wrong, but their mistake was not entirely due to "secularist" stupidity and indifference. Brideshead Revisited is, in its author's words, "an attempt to trace the divine purpose in a pagan world"; men and women try to escape from the

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction vii
  • Essays 1
  • The Sorrows Of Thomas Wolfe 3
  • Pure And Impure Poetry 12
  • Myth And Dialectic in the Later Novels Of Henry James 17
  • Kafka's Distorted Mask 58
  • Joyce's Ulysses and the French Public 75
  • Robartes And Aherne: Two Sides of a Penny 88
  • The Stone And The Crucifixion: Faulkner's - Light in August 115
  • Emotions In Poems 127
  • Monsieur Verdoux As Theatre 138
  • The Good Ford 151
  • Parody And Critique: Notes on Thomas Mann's - Doctor Faustus 182
  • Novel into Film: - All the King's Men 225
  • Wordsworth And the Iron Time 233
  • Book Reviews 253
  • The Loud Hill Of Wales 255
  • Q's Revisions 259
  • The Whole Of Housman 263
  • Neither Historian nor Critic 267
  • The Humble Animal 277
  • Satan And Denis De Rougemont 281
  • The Everlasting Mr. Huxley 289
  • Dry Watershed 298
  • The Hellenism Of Robinson Jeffers 307
  • The Cost Of Distraction 312
  • Aristocracy And/Or Christianity 324
  • Bibliography 341
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