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“even oedipus would blush”

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Ouch. Check out the last paragraph of Jim Holt’s review of Alexander Waugh’s The House of Wittgenstein. Comes out of nowhere this:

For all their quarreling, madness and self-destruction, the Wittgensteins were at least spared one sort of dysfunction: there is no trace of incestuous impulses among them. The same, alas, cannot be said of the author’s own family. Evelyn Waugh freely avowed feelings of more than paternal tenderness for his daughter Meg. When she announced her intention to wed a young man, her father sadly wrote to a friend, “She wants children, and that is a thing I can’t decently provide for her.” Even Oedipus would blush.

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February 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

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