Decline and Fall

ISBN-10: 0316926078
ISBN-13: 9780316926072
Edition: 1999
Authors: Evelyn Waugh
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Book details

List price: $14.99
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Little Brown & Company
Publication date: 11/30/1977
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 304
Size: 5.00" wide x 5.25" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Born in Hampstead and educated at Oxford University, Evelyn Waugh came from a literary family. His elder brother, Alec was a novelist, and his father, Arthur Waugh, was the influential head of a large publishing house. Even in his school days, Waugh showed sings of the profound belief in Catholicism and brilliant wit that were to mark his later years. Waugh began publishing his novels in the late 1920's. He joined the Royal Marines at the beginning of World War II and was one of the first to volunteer for commando service. In 1944 he survived a plane crash in Yugoslavia and, while hiding in a cave, corrected the proofs of one of his novels. Waugh's early novels, Decline and Fall (1927), Vile Bodies (1930), and A Handful of Dust (1934), established him as one of the funniest and most brilliant satirists the British had seen in years. He was particularly skillful at poking fun at the scramble for prominence among the upper classes and the struggle between the generations. He lived for a while in Hollywood, about which he wrote The Loved One (1948), a scathing attack on the United States's overly sentimental funeral practices. His greatest works, however, are Brideshead Revisited (1945), which has been made into a highly popular television miniseries, and the trilogy Sword of Honor (1965), composed of Men at Arms (1952), Officers and Gentlemen (1955), and The End of the Battle (1961).

Prelude
Vocation
Llanabba Castle
Captain Grimes
Mr. Prendergast
Discipline
Conduct
Philbrick
The Sports
The Sports-continued
Post Mortem
Philbrick-continued
The Agony of Captain Grimes
The Passing of a Public-School Man
King's Thursday
Interlude in Belgravia
Pervigilium Veneris
Resurrection
The Latin-American Entertainment Co., Ltd.
A Hitch in the Wedding Preparations
Stone Walls Do Not a Prison Make
The Lucas-Dockery Experiments
The Death of a Modern Churchman
Nor Iron Bars a Cage
The Passing of a Public-School Man
The Passing of Paul Pennyfeather
Resurrection
Epilogue

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