Evelyn Waugh’s 1960 Face to Face interview with John Freeman

In June 1960 Evelyn Waugh was interviewed by John Freeman for the BBC television program Face to Face.

Although during the interview Waugh isn’t exactly bursting with bonhomie and appears more than a little ill at ease (it was apparently his television debut), the mood is generally reflective and good-tempered, which — as several YouTube commenters point out — makes a nonsense of Joan Bakewell’s prefatory remarks that Waugh is “obstructive, irritable, and curt.” Well, perhaps curt isn’t far off, but obstructive and irritable? You decide.

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