Evelyn Waugh cultivated a reputation for being cantankerous—he once listed some provocations as “cooking and theology and clothes and grammar and dogs”—so it is surprising to discover that he kept his equanimity about responses to various stages of the composition and reception of Brideshead Revisited, his best-known and most profitable novel and the one in which he seems to have had the greatest emotional and artistic investment.
Robert Murray Davis is co-editor of Brideshead Revisited for The Complete Works of Evelyn Waugh (Oxford University Press). This essay is adapted from the introduction to that volume. Among Davis’s other works are Evelyn Waugh, Writer and Brideshead Revisited: The Past Redeemed.
Brideshead Revisited is a lovely period piece drama set in 1920's UK