Waugh family fury at 'Brideshead' sequel


Charles Davis writes "This story from
The Independent says it is a war, or rather Waugh, of words. One of the 20th century's most popular novels, Evelyn Waugh's
Brideshead Revisited, has been subjected to that controversial literary treatment - the sequel - sparking a
furious feud between a first-time novelist and the Waugh family and trustees.

Michael Johnston, a businessman and writer of radio documentaries, has just published Brideshead Regained,
a follow-up to the story of the doomed aristocratic Catholic family, the Flytes. But in doing so, Mr Johnston has
incurred the wrath of the Waugh estate, which threatened him with legal action over the unauthorised seque"


The link doesn't work.

Fixed it, thanks.

Well, I'm not sure what to make of this. The Waugh estate's response strikes me as a dog-in-the-manger, knee jerk reaction. At the very least, it certainly demonstrates how the principle of copyright is being perverted to suppress artistic expression.

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