Posted by Art on June 14, 1998 at 15:54:13:
In response to Brideshead..., written by Kate on June 11, 1998 at 14:08:25
] When Waugh was writing it would have been impossible to even IMPLY that they were having a physical relationship and get past the censor. I think it's fairly clear that Waugh meant us to think they were - he himself was gay and lived the same kind of existence at university.
In defense of Waugh, and without passing judgment on homosexuality in general, he was not gay and was not in fact a lifelong homosexual. Like many men of his class, products of the English public schools with their whippings, canings, and faute de mieux homosexuality, he did indeed go through a homosexual phase in college but subsequently "outgrew" it and never looked back. I've read everything that he wrote and several biographies of the man, and there is nothing to suggest that his homosexual experiences were not confined to that single period in his life
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