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Evelyn Waugh and the BBC

  • Winnifred M. Bogaards


Evelyn Waugh emerged as a writer in the same year the BBC came of age as a public broadcasting authority. Over the next four decades both grew in influence and reputation. While their mutual concern for literature ensured a continuous interconnection throughout this period, there was never the slightest agreement in their social philosophies. Though the BBC changed radically after World War II, Waugh disapproved of what it was before the conflict as much as what it became after the peace. Although he worked very hard to change his own position in the social hierarchy operative in Britain when he came of age in the twenties, throughout his life Waugh wished for as little change as possible in the structure itself. The BBC, on the other hand, was from its inception consciously designed as a force to create social change and became, perhaps half-consciously, a mirror reflecting it. The interdependence of and the antagonisms between Waugh and the Corporation illustrate in a limited context larger forces at work in British society in this century.


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