Decline and Fall by Evelyn Waugh. First UK edition. First impression from 1928. In near fine condition. No internal markings. Pages clean. Binding firm. There is some very minor wear to edges of boards. The jacket has some minor sunning to the spine. Otherwise in pristine condition. No wear to edges. The illustrated cover is vibrant and fresh. Please see pictures. PayPal accepted, any questions please get in touch.
About Decline and Fall
Decline and Fall is a novel by the English author Evelyn Waugh, first published in 1928. It was Waugh’s first published novel; an earlier attempt, titled The Temple at Thatch, was destroyed by Waugh while still in manuscript form. Decline and Fall is based in part on Waugh’s schooldays at Lancing College, undergraduate years at Hertford College, Oxford, and also his experience as a teacher at Arnold House in north Wales. It is a social satire that employs the author’s characteristic black humour in lampooning various features of British society in the 1920s.
Sent down from Oxford after a wild, drunken party, Paul Pennyfeather is then oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at a boys’ private school in Wales. His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, 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 in Evelyn Waugh’s dazzling debut as a novelist, the young run riot and so no one is safe, least of all Paul.
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