Julian Barnes, England, England

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In 1947, the visionary architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis wrote:

Suppose that by some miracle, all the lands and buildings possessed by the National Trust were to be uprooted and set adrift and then, by some further sorcery, reassembled in one fabulous island. That would be magic indeed; the pith and pick of England close-packed into a compass smaller than that of the Isle of Wight, yet sampling all that we most prize. (Williams-Ellis, 1947: 13)

Suppose that by some miracle, all the lands and buildings possessed by the National Trust were to be uprooted and set adrift and then, by some further sorcery, reassembled in one fabulous island. That would be magic indeed; the pith and pick of England close-packed into a compass smaller than that of the Isle of Wight, yet sampling all that we…

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Citation: Berberich, Christine. "England, England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 October 2010 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=5348, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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