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Everyone over the age of 45 will remember Brideshead Revisited.

Friday, 20th May 2016, 12:00 pm

The 1981 TV adaptation broke all records and set a new standard for television drama, but the origins of the book, by Evelyn Waugh, the symbolism of its characterisation and substance, are buried in the dark days of World War II, when Waugh took leave of absence to hide away in the Devonshire countryside and write it.

It was to become, as Waugh described it, his “Magnum Opus”, and is generally regarded as one of the top 100 English novels of the 20th century.

On Saturday, June 4, Dr Richard Moore, visiting lecturer in English literature at Newcastle University, will host a one-day study-day called An Introduction to Brideshead Revisited, which will try to describe how this masterpiece came to be written and the influences on Waugh, particularly his Catholic faith.

This Study Day will take place at Berwick Voluntary Centre in Tweed Street, from 10am to 3pm, and costs £17. Refreshments are included, but delegates should bring a packed-lunch.

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