The bright young things of Mayfair exercise their inventive minds and "vile bodies" in every kind of capricious escapade in this story. The characters are an assortment of those inhabiting the social domain that lies between Park Lane and Bond Street.
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Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966) was born in London and educated at Oxford. He quickly established a reputation with such social satirical novels as DECLINE AND FALL, VILE BODIES and SCOOP. Waugh became a Catholic in 1930, and his later books display a more serious attitude, as seen in the religious theme of BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, a nostalgic evocation of student days at Oxford. His diaries were published in 1976, and his letters in 1980.
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