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Evelyn Waugh's Satire : Texts and Contexts, Hardback Book

Evelyn Waugh's Satire : Texts and Contexts Hardback



Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) is one of the twentieth century's great prose stylists and the author of a suite of devastating satires on modern English life, from his first unforgettably funny novel Decline and Fall, to his last work of fiction, "Basil Seal Rides Again." Evelyn Waugh's Satire: Texts and Contexts renews scholarly debates central to Waugh's work: the forms of his satire, his attitudes towards modernity and modernism, his place in the literary culture of the interwar period, and his pugnacious (mis)reading of literary and other texts.

This study offers new exegetical accounts of the forms and figures of Waugh's satire, linking original readings of Waugh's texts to the literary-historical contexts that informed them.

Posing fresh readings of familiar works and affording attention to more neglected texts, Evelyn Waugh's Satire: Texts and Contexts offers readers and scholars a timely opportunity to return to the rich, dark art of this master of prose satire.


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