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Book Title: A Mingled Measure: Diaries, 1953-1972|
The author of the book: James Lees-Milne
Edition: John Murray Publishers
Date of issue: January 1st 1994
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ISBN 13: 9780719553622
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A treasure of observations of England and France in the 50's and 60's by an old-fashioned charming student of people and architecture. This site says it better than I can: James Lees-Milne was surely one of the greatest diarists of the century. As a key member of the fledgling National Trust, he spent years inspecting historic buildings offered by eccentric or impecunious owners to the NT and he recorded his observations in several volumes which bristle with wit, malice, gossip and (often scandalous) anecdote. Lees-Milne loved fine objects and weird people in equal measure and he wrote about both with unfailing grace and acuity.
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Read information about the authorJames Lees-Milne (1908-1997) was an English writer and expert on country houses.
He was a noted biographer and historian, and is also considered one of the twentieth century's great diarists. He came from a family of landed gentry and grew up in Worcestershire. He attended Lockers Park Prep School, Eton and Oxford University. In 1936 he was appointed secretary of the Country House Committee of the National Trust, and he held that position until 1950 apart from a period of military service from 1939-1941. He was instrumental in the first large scale transfer of country houses from private ownership to the Trust. After resigning his full-time position in 1950 he continued his connection with the National Trust as a part time architectural consultant.
He resided on the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire for most of his later years while working in William Thomas Beckford's library at Lansdown Crescent at Bath. He was a friend of many of the most prominent British intellectual and social figures of his day, including Nancy Mitford, Harold Nicolson (about whom he wrote a two-volume biography), and Cyril Connolly. He married Alvilde Chaplin, formerly Bridges, a prominent gardening and landscape expert, in 1951.
From 1947 Lees-Milne published a series of architectural works aimed primarily at the general reader. He was also a diarist, and his diaries were published in many volumes and were well received, in later years attracting a cult following. His other works included several biographies and an autobiographical novel.
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