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Brideshead Revered

David Cannadine, 17 March 1983

The Country House 
by James Lees-Milne.
Oxford, 110 pp., £4.50, November 1982, 0 19 214139 2
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English Country Houses and Landed Estates 
by Heather Clemenson.
Croom Helm, 244 pp., £15.95, July 1982, 0 85664 987 2
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The Last Country Houses 
by Clive Aslet.
Yale, 344 pp., £15, October 1982, 0 300 02904 7
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... is against this background – which might usefully have been filled in more thoroughly – that Clive Aslet sets his tastefully-written and beautifully-produced account of country houses built in England between 1890 and 1939: the final flowering of this ostensibly and intermittently arcadian way of life before the Second World War, the demise of ...

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