Decline and Fall

Released Thursday, 21st February 2013
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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.

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41m 58s
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