Waugh and his works have appeared in several recent blogs. In listverse he was named in a list of “10 Pop Culture Moments We Owe To Animals.” That seems unlikely but here it is:
Evelyn Waugh’s Suicide Attempt Was Ruined By A Jellyfish: Evelyn Waugh has proven himself to be one of the greatest authors of the 20th century, but his early career was met with mixed reviews. His manuscripts were panned, and his dream job had fallen through. Unable to cope with this one-two punch, he decided to commit suicide…Always the dramatist, Evelyn Waugh wrote his suicide note and headed into the sea. His plan was to swim until he drowned. He had already swum rather far when a jellyfish stung him on the shoulder. Startled and shocked, Waugh ran back to shore. He put his clothes back on and decided to live.
Prof Anthony Esolen from Providence College has, according to reports on Roman Catholic blogs, included Brideshead Revisited among the top 10 English-language Catholic novels of the 20th Century. Numbers one and two were Sigrid Undset’s Kristin Lavransdatter and Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Also included is Graham Greene’s The Power and the Glory.
Finally, another blogger has compared Cordelia Flyte, a character in Brideshead Revisited, to St Therese of Lisieux, who is commemorated by the Roman Catholic Church on 2 October.