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The author of the book: James Lees-Milne
Edition: Michael Russell
Date of issue: September 1st 2003
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ISBN: 0859552810
ISBN 13: 9780859552813
Language: English
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The late James Lees-Milne (1908­1998) was among the most celebrated of modern diarists; his published entries (which span the years 1942 through 1974) offer an unparalleled social and cultural portrait of modern and — because of the author's decades in the service of The National Trust — historic Britain. Another Self narrates the author's early life, before his diaries begin: childhood in Worcestershire under the mismatched wings of a þighty mother and an obdurate father; studies at Eton and Oxford; holidays (of remarkable hilarity) in Portugal and bandit-ridden Corsica; army service (remarkably, of equal hilarity) at the start of World War II. What distinguishes this civilized and extraordinarily humorous autobiography is the way Lees-Milne's memories are made to cohere into shapely comedies; each chapter is a set piece of deft characterization, outrageous anecdote, and climactic surprise.

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Ebook Another Self read Online! James 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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