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Vile Bodies

October 28, 2013 | by

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INTERVIEWER

Whom do you read for pleasure?

WAUGH

Anthony Powell. Ronald Knox, both for pleasure and moral edification. Erle Stanley Gardner.

INTERVIEWER

And Raymond Chandler!

WAUGH

No. I’m bored by all those slugs of whiskey. I don’t care for all the violence either.

INTERVIEWER

But isn’t there a lot of violence in Gardner?

WAUGH

Not of the extraneous lubricious sort you find in other American crime writers.

INTERVIEWER

What do you think of other American writers, of Scott Fitzgerald or William Faulkner, for example?

WAUGH

I enjoyed the first part of Tender Is the Night. I find Faulkner intolerably bad.

—Evelyn Waugh, the Art of Fiction No. 30

 

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  1. megisi | October 28, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Evelyn Waugh, of like mind… I lost count of the number of times in college and beyond that I was made to feel a fool only because I wasn’t sufficiently worshipful of Faulkner.

  2. Jack Faulkner | October 28, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Faulkner worship…

  3. jameson | October 28, 2013 at 9:59 pm

    if you can’t stand faulkner, then go read junot diaz or zadie smith. those might be more appropriate for your level.

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