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Definition of Decline and Fall from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Decline and Fall

 
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the first novel by the English writer Evelyn Waugh. It was written in 1928 and is about the comic troubles of a quiet young man who has to leave Oxford University and gets a job at a very bad public school. The rich mother of one of his pupils brings him into her social circle and he gets put in prison, before finally returning to his religious studies at Oxford. The novel was an immediate success and established Waugh's career as a writer of satire.

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