Tuesday, June 05, 2007

File 1.84

Vile Bodies caught the public fancy for extraneous reasons. 'The Bright Young People' with whom it deals, and of whom I was a member rather on the fringe than in the centre, were one of the newspaper topics of the time. [...] The jargon most of us spoke came new to the novel reader and so captivated one prominent dramatic critic that for weeks he introduced into articles week after week: '"Too sick-making", as Mr Waugh would say.'
Evelyn Waugh, "Preface", Vile Bodies, Compact Books, 1993, p.7


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