Muggeridge: A Memoir by Thomas Howard
Muggeridge: A Memoir
by Thomas Howard
Fifteen or more years ago—I can’t remember just when it was—I
came upon Malcolm Muggeridge’s two-volume autobiography, Chronicles
of Wasted Time. I knew a little bit about Muggeridge, since I had subscribed
to Punch for a year or two while he was its editor. I knew about his
droll, dry, wry approach to this oddity that we call human existence, and about
his penchant for deflating balloons wherever he came upon them. A wicked and
delighted glint seemed to come into his journalistic eyes, as it were (I had
not then yet met him) wherever he encountered humbug, swagger, pretentiousness,
and puffery in general. I can remember laughing uncontrollably over almost every
page in his auto . . .
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