Religion: Scribe of the Dark Age

Evelyn Waugh is a devout Catholic. He is also a devout esthete and a devout snob. This week, in LIFE, he wrote an open letter to U.S. readers of his best-selling Brideshead Revisited (TIME, Jan. 7), which showed that these three traits are inseparable parts of his fastidious revulsion from the godless, uncivilized age in which he finds himself. He also revealed that—as some critics of Brideshead had sug-rested—his literary motivation is basically religious:

"Like a shy waterfowl who has hatched out a dragon's egg, I find that I have written a 'best-seller.' 'Unseasonably,'...

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