On Thursday, TIME Magazine published a list of the “100 most-read female authors” on college campuses — but social media users were quick to point out that even there, they still managed to include a man. British author Evelyn Waugh, famous for Brideshead Revisited accidentally ended up on the list, causing the magazine to issue a correction stating that “the original version of this story included Evelyn Waugh, who was a man.”
The unfortunate error even got the author — who died 50 years ago and, as Slate points out, dealt with confusion about his name all his life — trending on Twitter yesterday. The Washington Post pointed out that the error is not the most depressing thing about the TIME article: that distinction goes to the fact that the number one on this list is Kate L. Turabian, author of a manual for formatting your thesis, which is “like calling the author of the iTunes Agreement the most-read writer of all time.” Moreover, the top 17 of authors assigned on college syllabi are all male, with The Bard, William Shakespeare, leading the pack.
Time magazine thinks Evelyn Waugh was a woman. George Eliot must be spinning in his grave.
— Damien Owens (@OwensDamien) February 25, 2016
— Jeff Chu (@jeffchu) February 25, 2016