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Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh

Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh

 

Author: Arthur Evelyn St. John Waugh

Dates: 28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966

Nationality: English

Title of Book: Brideshead Revisited

Here the tramlines ended, so that men returning fuddled from Glasgow could doze in their seats until roused by their journey’s end. There was some way to go from the tram-stop to the camp gates; quarter of a mile in which they could button their blouses and straighten their caps before passing the guard-room, quarter of a mile in which concrete gave place to grass at the road’s edge. This was the extreme limit of the city. Here the clos, homogeneous territory of housing estates and cinemas ended and the hinterland began.

The camp stood where, until quite lately, had been pasture and ploughland; the farmhouse still stood in a fold of the hill and had served us for battalion offices; ivy still supported part of what had once been the walls of a fruit garden; half an acre of mutilated old trees behind the wash-houses survived of an orchard. The place had been marked for destruction before the army came to it. Had there been another year of peace, there would have been no farmhouse, no wall, no apple trees. Already half a mile of concrete road lay between bare clay banks, and on either side a chequer of open ditches showed where the municipal contractors had designed a system of drainage. Another year of peace would have made the place part of the neighbourhood suburb. Now the huts where we had wintered waited their turn for destruction.

Brief Biography: Waugh was a writer of novels, biographies and travel books. He is recognised as one of the great prose stylists of English language of the 20th Century.

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