Evelyn Waugh | Critical Essay by Martin Stannard

This literature criticism consists of approximately 6 pages of analysis & critique of Evelyn Waugh.
This section contains 1,532 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Martin Stannard

Critical Essay by Martin Stannard

Work Suspended is the most enigmatic of Waugh's writings. Its mockery of socialism and philistinism is of course quite in keeping with his rôle as the right-wing Catholic apologist defending 'civilization' from the 'barbarians', but the emotional intensity of the work, expressed in a more conventional and committed prose style than that of the five early novels is surprising. Although unfinished, Work Suspended has an evasive cohesion, perhaps because the characterization appears to be based on values and assumptions which derive from a private world beyond the text. (p. 302)

Even when allowance is made for the narrating persona, Waugh appears to be laying his literary soul open in an entirely new fashion. It is true that the death of the old and the birth of a new, 'dark' age had been his subject since 1930 (Vile Bodies concludes...

(read more)

This section contains 1,532 words
(approx. 6 pages at 300 words per page)
Buy the Critical Essay by Martin Stannard
Follow Us on Facebook