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by Harold Acton

In this remarkable book, Harold Acton writes a witty and vivid account of his first thirty-five years of his life from his boyhood among the international colony of dilettanti in Florence before the First World War, to his maturity when he discovered his spiritual home in Peking before the old Chinese culture was destroyed. Between the two, he was one of the brilliant generation up at Oxford just after the war and afterwards moved to Paris where he knew many of the literary and artistic figures of the time. It is an outstanding memoir, rightly regarded as a classic.
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ISBN: 0241113733
ISBN13: 978-0241113738
Category: History
Subcategory: Historical Study & Educational Resources
Author: Harold Acton
Language: English
Publisher: Hamish Hamilton Ltd (September 10, 1984)
Pages: 434 pages
ePUB size: 1848 kb
FB2 size: 1966 kb
Rating: 4.8
Votes: 238
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I knew Nancy Mitford in the early 1960s and was a frequent guest at the chateau of Comtesse Costa de Beauregard.
Of all the books written about Nancy Mitford, Harold Acton's is the very best. It makes this more fun if the reader knows
about the entire family. They were all a pretty fascinating group and there are numerous books about them. But for pure
Nancy Mitford guts and spirit this memoir by H. Acton is unique.
Harold Acton is all but forgotten today. But he was the center of the Bright Young Things of London, and before that a Brideshead-like entourage at Oxford. All of which he writes about in an engaging and witty memoir. This should be better known today than it is.