The Way Things Were

The Education of Evelyn Waugh

As the American elite drives its children to perform in earliest life, this interview of Evelyn Waugh - forwarded by my Prince Edward County winemaker friend Geoff Heinricks - reminds of a different approach to education and career advance

Why did you choose to go to Hertford College at Oxford?

They paid me.

You had an Open Scholarship –

Yes.

- in History.

Yes.

Did you subsequently remain a keen historian?

No!

You didn’t in fact get a very distinguished degree, that’s why I asked the question.

I got a bad third, yes.

Why did this happen?

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Sloth.

What did you do at Oxford?

Enjoyed myself. Grew up, you know.

Yes, how?

Well, as one did in those days.

People have forgotten, you tell me.

Getting tight a lot of the time, entertaining, making new friends, writing silly little articles for undergraduate magazines, all that kind of thing.