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Decline and Fall

Duration:
43 minutes
First broadcast:
Thursday 21 February 2013

David Bradshaw, John Bowen and Ann Pasternak Slater join Melvyn Bragg to discuss Evelyn Waugh's comic novel Decline and Fall. Set partly in a substandard boys' public school, the novel is a vivid, often riotous portrait of 1920s Britain. Its themes, including modernity, religion and fashionable society, came to dominate Waugh's later fiction, but its savage wit and economy of style were entirely new. Published when Waugh was 24, the book was immediately celebrated for its vicious satire and biting humour.

With:

David Bradshaw
Professor of English Literature at Worcester College, Oxford

John Bowen
Professor of Nineteenth-Century Literature at the University of York

Ann Pasternak Slater
Senior Research Fellow at St Anne's College, Oxford.

Producer: Thomas Morris.

  • LINKS AND FURTHER READING

    Professor David Bradshaw at the University of Oxford

     

    Professor John Bowen at the University of York

     

    The Evelyn Waugh Society

     

    An Evelyn Waugh Website

     

    Decline and Fall - Wikipedia

     

     

    READING LIST:

     

    Mark Amory (ed.), Letters of Evelyn Waugh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1980)

     

    Michael Brennan, Evelyn Waugh: Fictions, Faith and Family (Bloomsbury, 2013)

     

    Paula Byrne, Mad World: Evelyn Waugh and the Secrets of Brideshead (HarperPress, 2009)

     

    Humphrey Carpenter, The Brideshead Generation: Evelyn Waugh and his Friends (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1989)

     

    Michael Davie (ed.), The Diaries of Evelyn Waugh (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1976)

     

    Frances Donaldson, Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of a Country Neighbour (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 1968)

     

    Donat Gallagher (ed.), The Essays, Articles and Reviews of Evelyn Waugh (Methuen, 1983)

     

    Selina Hastings, Evelyn Waugh: A Biography (Vintage, 1995)

     

    Douglas Lane Patey, The Life of Evelyn Waugh: A Critical Biography (Blackwell, 1998)

     

    Ann Pasternak Slater (ed.), Evelyn Waugh: The Complete Short Stories (Everyman, 1998)

     

    Martin Stannard, Evelyn Waugh: The Early Years, 1903-1939 (Dent, 1986)

     

    F. J. Stopp, Evelyn Waugh: Portrait of an Artist (Chapman & Hall, 1958)

     

    Christopher Sykes, Evelyn Waugh: A Biography (Collins, 1975)

     

    Alexander Waugh, Fathers and Sons: The Autobiography of a Family (Headline, 2004)

     

    Evelyn Waugh, A Little Learning: The First Volume of an Autobiography (published first 1964, various publishers)

     

    Evelyn Waugh, No Abiding City: 1939-1966 (Dent, 1992)

     

    Evelyn Waugh, Vile Bodies (published first 1930, various publishers)

     

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