Monday, July 25, 2022

How one writer learns from another …

… Evelyn Waugh's sincerest form of flattery - The Spectator World. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)

Throughout Vile Bodies, the echoes of Jazz and Jasper are everywhere apparent. Agatha Runcible’s plaintive cry in Vile Bodies of “Faster, faster!” is exactly the same as Lord Ottercove’s in Jazz and Jasper. Lord Monomark’s omnipotence — “Get me the Home Secretary!” — is identical to Lord Ottercove’s overweening power in control- ling government and ousting prime ministers.

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