The editors of The American Scholar put together a list of books for Valentine’s Day reading. The idea was to “celebrate the whole history of love—even the ugly bits—with these 14 novels of romance gone awry.” Among those selected was Waugh Brideshead Revisited:
Poor Charles Ryder is drawn into the tumultuous currents of the aristocratic Marchmain family, where platonic and romantic love conspire to change their lives forever—leaving almost every character in the novel disillusioned, divorced, or dead.
Here is a short humorous novel satirizing the Forest Lawn Cemetery and the funeral industry. It resulted from a trip by Evelyn Waugh to Hollywood where someone wanted to adapt one of his novels into a movie.