Modern Classics Vile Bodies

Paperback | February 22, 2000

byEvelyn WaughForeword byRichard Jacobs

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Evelyn Waugh's acidly funny and formally daring satire, Vile Bodies reveals the darkness and vulnerability that lurks beneath the glittering surface of the high life. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Jacobs. In the years following the First World War a new generation emerges, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter. The Bright Young Things of twenties' Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade - whether promiscuity, dancing, cocktail parties or sports cars. In a quest for treasure, a favourite party occupation, a vivid assortment of characters, among them the struggling writer Adam Fenwick-Symes and the glamorous, aristocratic Nina Blount, hunt fast and furiously for ever greater sensations and the fulfilment of unconscious desires. If you enjoyed Vile Bodies, you might like Waugh's A Handful of Dust, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'The high point of the experimental, original Waugh' Malcolm Bradbury, Sunday Times 'This brilliantly funny, anxious and resonant novel ... the difficult edgy guide to the turn of the decade' Richard Jacobs 'It's Britain's Great Gatsby' Stephen Fry, director of Vile Bodies film adaptation Bright Young Things

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 Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece resonates with the unique blend of innocence and sophistication prevalent among cognoscenti, the young and the beautiful just after the close of the First World War. Vile Bodies takes place at a party as guests search ostensibly for treasure, but more obliquely for an ever greater range of sensation and expe...

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Evelyn Waugh's acidly funny and formally daring satire, Vile Bodies reveals the darkness and vulnerability that lurks beneath the glittering surface of the high life. This Penguin Modern Classics edition is edited with an introduction and notes by Richard Jacobs. In the years following the First World War a new generation emerges, wi...

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In the years following the First World War a new generation emerges, wistful and vulnerable beneath the glitter. The Bright Young Things of ’twenties Mayfair, with their paradoxical mix of innocence and sophistication, exercise their inventive minds and vile bodies in every kind of capricious escapade. In a quest for treasure, a favou...

Evelyn Waugh was born in Hampstead in 1903 and educated at Hertford College, Oxford. In 1928 he published his first novel, Decline and Fall, which was soon followed by Vile Bodies, Black Mischief (1932), A Handful of Dust (1934) and Scoop (1938). During these years he also travelled extensively and converted to Catholicism. In 1939 Wau...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:February 22, 2000Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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 Evelyn Waugh’s masterpiece resonates with the unique blend of innocence and sophistication prevalent among cognoscenti, the young and the beautiful just after the close of the First World War. Vile Bodies takes place at a party as guests search ostensibly for treasure, but more obliquely for an ever greater range of sensation and experience. Wistful and vulnerable, yet clad in glitter and beauty, these people are the epitome of the emerging modern consciousness. At once hilarious and nervous, this enormously resonant work is truly the finest of Waugh’s experimental novels.