- 'I have found a deep mine of literary gold in the cemetery of Forest Lawn and the work of the morticians and intend to get to work immediately.' wrote Evelyn Waugh in his diary in 1947 after a visit to America which both confirmed his distrust of modern life and the impossibility of the Anglo-American cultural impasse.
- The Loved One was acclaimed by critics when it was published, although a few of its readers were shocked by its icy heart and sardonic savagery.
- Set amongst the manicured lawns and euphemisms of Whispering Glades Memorial Park in Hollywood, it brilliantly satirizes the American way of death and offers Waugh's unique and hilarious memento mori.
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