Iris origo was born in 1992 and instantly catapulted into a life of unfair advantages of birth, education, money, environment and opportunity. But she used this birth-right wisely, and her legacy includes a string of books beloved equally by historians and biographers.Origo's mother, Lady Sybil Cuffe, married William Bayard Cutting in 1901, and when the family was not traveling to the far corners of the earth, Iris spent her youth in the ancestral estate on Long Island and in her grandfather's castle in Ireland. Her father died tragically when she was eight, and she continued her peripatetic life with her indefatigable mother and beloved governess. A woman who always knew her mind, in 1923 Origo bought La Foce, an entire valley, almost feudal in organization, in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany. There for fifty years she worked tirelessly with her husband, improving the land and the lot of the peasants, saving endangered children from the brutal incursions of the Nazis, and writing history and memoirs that are still considered classics of the genre.She was at once a woman of action and introspection, of boundless curiosity and endearing innocence. She wrote beautifully, thoughtfully, and lucidly. As Raymond Mortimer observed, A masterly biographer here recounts her own story, and in this biography she is at her best.
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"All her work has delighted me, and in this autobiography she is at her best." -- Raymond MortimerFrom the Publisher:
This delightful and evocative memoir was orginally published in 1970 to enthusiatsic acclaim and has given pleasure to all those who have read it ever since.
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Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151441014
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0151441014 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0064532
Book Description Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1971. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151441014