3 thoughts on “Evelyn Waugh’s Remote People

  1. I wonder how representative was Waugh’s view of the world outside Great Britain? I imagine, given that the book is still in print, that its message still resonates. On the other hand, I’m sure Waugh would have found Largs, Portobello and Stirling equally revolting to his sensibilities. As you say, he was a misanthrope.

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  2. “Remote People” was republished after Waugh’s death against his specific wishes: he never intended it to be republished in its original 1930 form after WW2, recognizing even then that some of its inherent jingoism would sit uncomfortably with post-war readers. His preface to the 1946 travel compilation, “When the Going Was Good” (which includes extracts from “Remote People) states categorically: “The following pages comprise all that I wish to preserve of the four travel books I wrote between the years 1929 and 1935 (…) These books have now been out of print for some time and wil not be reissued.” We can hardly blame Waugh if his estate decided otherwise.

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