From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Vile Bodies is a 1930 novel by Evelyn Waugh satirising decadent young London society between World War I and World War II. The title comes from the Epistle to the Philippians 3:21. The book was originally to be called "Bright Young Things" (which went on to be the title of the 2003 Stephen Fry film); Waugh changed it because he decided the phrase had become too clichéd. Heavily influenced by the cinema and by the disjointed style of T.S. Eliot, Vile Bodies is Waugh's most ostentatiously "modern" novel (Frick, 1992). Fragments of dialogue and rapid scene changes are held together by the dry, almost perversely unflappable narrator.
The book was dedicated to B.G. and D.G. which stood for Bryan and Diana Guinness.