Long ago, I read a few books by Evelyn Waugh. Though I liked some of them, I did not take to him. Here is an interesting article about him Evelyn Waugh: The Best and the Worst by Charles J. Rolo. A sample excerpt:
"This core of tragic awareness gives to Waugh's comic vision the dimension of serious art. The paradox, in fact, is that when Waugh is being comic, he makes luminous the failures of his age, confronts us vividly with the desolating realities; and when he is being serious, he is liable to become trashy. For without the restraints of the ironic stance, his critical viewpoint reveals itself as bigoted and rancorous; his snobbery emerges as obsessive and disgusting; and his archaism involves him in all kinds of silliness."
That was from 1954. A more recent article Two of a Kind , a review of book which compares George Orwell and Evelyn Waugh. The provocation for looking at Evelyn Waugh is a quote of his in CT: "It is a marvel of medical science that they could first locate the one part of Randolph that was not malignant, and, having found it, immediately remove it."