Anglais Decline and Fall

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Biographical noteEvelyn Waugh (1903-1966), is considered chief chronicler of the 'Bright Young Things' (the aristocratic and fashionable circles of the 1920's) and is one of the century's most accomplished and funny novelists. Waugh is also widely regarded as the foremost social satirist of his generation. His other works, including VILE BODIES, SCOOP, THE LOVED ONE, and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED are also published in Modern Classics. Main descriptionWith his distinctive dark wit, Evelyn Waugh's Decline and Fall is a masterful social satire sending up the social mores of 1920s England, edited with an introduction by David Bradshaw in Penguin Modern Classics. Expelled from Oxford for indecent behaviour, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly unsurprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle. Hi colleagues are an assortment of misfits, including Prendy (plagued by doubts) and captain Grimes, who is always in the soup (or just plain drunk). Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze. As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul. Taking its title from Edward Gibbon's Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Evelyn Waugh's first, funniest novel immediately caught the ear of the public with his account of an ingénu abroad in the decadent confusion of 1920s high society. Evelyn Waugh (1903-66) was born in Hampstead, second son of Arthur Waugh, publisher and literary critic, and brother of Alec Waugh, the popular novelist. In 1928 he published his first work, a life of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies (1930), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). In 1939 he was commissioned in the Royal Marines and later transferred to the Royal Horse Guards, serving in the Middle East and in Yugoslavia. In 1942 he published Put Out More Flags and then in 1945 Brideshead Revisited. Men at Arms (1952) was the first volume of 'The Sword of Honour' trilogy, and won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize; the other volumes, Officers and Gentlemen and Unconditional Surrender, followed in 1955 and 1961. If you enjoyed Decline and Fall, you might like Waugh's Vile Bodies, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The funniest book I have ever read'Julian Symons, The Times 'His first, most perfect novel ... a ruthlessly comic plot'John Mortimer, Guardian 'Concocted of cruelty, bigotry, pederasty, white slavery, violence, madness and murder, Decline and Fall is fundamentally playful and side-splittingly funny'David Bradshaw

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  • Auteur(s)

    Evelyn Waugh

  • Éditeur

    Penguin Books

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  • EAN


  • Disponibilité


  • Longueur

    19.8 cm

  • Largeur

    12.9 cm

  • Poids

    196 g

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  • Support principal

    Grand format

Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh est né à Hampstead en 1903. Après des études à Oxford, il mène au début des années 1920 une vie issolue d'esthète dont on retrouvera l'écho dans son ½uvre. Au cours des années 1930, il parcourt le globe, de la France au Proche-Orient, de l'Amérique centrale au Cercle polaire arctique. Il eut six enfants de son mariage et vécut dans le Somerset de 1937 à sa mort, en 1966. Evelyn Waugh s'est fait connaître dès 1928 avec le Déclin et la chute, irresistible roman de m½urs. Il confirme et affirme sa verve dans de multiples ouvrages dont Retour à Brideshead et Grandeur et décadence publiés dans la collection « Pavillons poche » en 2005 et 2006.