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Thursday, 18 January, 2001, 17:42 GMT
Auberon Waugh: Send your tributes
Auberon Waugh, the writer, journalist and satirist, has died suddenly in his sleep, aged 61.
He had a heart condition and passed away on Tuesday night at his home in Somerset, his wife Lady Teresa Waugh said.
The son of Evelyn Waugh, he was a noted satirical columnist at the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph, writing on political and social matters, as well as penning a regular chess column.
This debate is now closed. Read a selection of your comments below.
Sabina Ahmed, Somerset.Uk
I am one of the socialists that Auberon Waugh was known to dislike so much. Nonetheless he never failed to make me laugh or maybe look at things from a different angle. I always turned straight to his column in any paper he wrote for and gave up buying the Oldie for a while after he stopped writing for it. He was a man who helped to measure my Englishness and as such I will miss him more than I can say.
Michael De Ruyter, UK
Two points in addition to those already made. Waugh's Literary Review was quite an achievement. Its contributor list is a veritable who's who of interesting and learned contemporaries. Not bad for a minority publication. And Waugh was never - unlike many of the conservatively inclined - a little Englander but rather a cultural European. He will be greatly missed.
I suppose you could say Auberon Waugh was against political correctness, but then again, who isn't? Rather, he was a contrary, cranky individualist and this is why he was so entertaining. I don't think he wrote what he felt so much as he wrote what he knew would annoy the greatest number of people for the greatest length of time.
Hallo Nat, I'm really sorry to hear about your dad - hope you and you family are well.
A great warrior in the battle against the dictatorship of political correctness. I will miss him.
The funniest man of his generation; he will be sorely missed by his devotees.
Should have been made a Papal Knight for his crusade against a declining Catholic Church.
As a Northern, working class non-smoking teetotaller I should have despised him. As it was I loved him and it is so awful to realise that there will be no more Way of the World, and tomorrow's obituaries will include Auberon Waugh.
David Brackenbury, UK
It is terribly sad that Auberon Waugh should have died at so relatively early an age, even for those of us who knew him only through his writing - for it means that one of the few delights of rail travel in England, viz., reading Mr Waugh's "Way of the World" column, is lost to us forever. His complete disregard of conventional political and cultural pieties - a disregard more complete, because less hysterical and more contemptuous, than that of almost anyone else - was tremendously refreshing, and his dedicated stand against official bossiness and interference in our lives an admirable continuation of the British liberal and conservative traditions, in an age when their nominal champions seem to have forgotten what they were about. His advocacy of bourgeois values was a much-needed corrective to the fashionable proletarian proselytising of most of the media. Few journalists who wrote so much can have written so readably so often. His death leaves an irreplaceable gap in public life!
Nat, I'm very sorry to hear about your dad's death. His wit and character lives on in you though and he'll be well remembered.
He got under my skin. Under the reactionary mask lay ... a reactionary. He was very witty and saw through posers of all kinds, but he could be very irksome too in that unique British class-ridden way. Coming from under his father's shadow was quite an achievement, especially after stumbling as a novelist. He certainly made the Literary Review a very worthwhile read, despite using several fellow reactionaries like Paul Johnson to help with reviews that were inadvertently hilarious.
It's nonetheless sad that like his father he should go so early in life.
I greatly admire Auberon Waugh's autobiography, Will This Do? Its delightfully easy, but erudite, prose reveals a man of sensitivity and kindness blessed with the knowledge of how to live well and happily.
If he appeared to be content with a lower literary profile than his father (a hard act to follow, although in my view Will This Do? surpasses Waugh senior's own autobiography) it was perhaps because he felt he had nothing to prove and was his own man.
He will be missed. The Daily Telegraph will certainly never be the same.
A great writer and one of the great prickers of pomposity of his time. His Diary in Private Eye remains a classic piece of satire, and his ravings at bureaucracy, philistinism and idiocy in the Way of the World column were masterpieces. He will be sadly missed, most of all by his friends and family to whom he was devoted.
Peter Lucey, UK
The man was a genius, sadly a misunderstood one by those unfortunates who took him too literally. Mr Waugh was a rarity, a columnist who combined a genuine wit, insight, intelligence and a warmth that shone through. But above all, he made us laugh loud, and laugh long.
We are the poorer for his loss.
I always have read Mr Waugh's pieces in the Daily Telegraph with great delight. So outrageous and rude but always with an underlying kernel of truth. The scourge of the politically correct!
Mr. Auberon Waugh was undoubtedly the best well-known journalist of his time. He was an extremely courageous scribe who essentially wrote what he felt from the bottom of his heart. An excellent journalist to the core, like many in the profession, he was a pleasure loving man and enjoyed smoking and wine.
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