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ISBN: 0719566819
Author: James Lees-Milne
Language: English
Publisher: John Murray Publishers (March 1, 2010)
Pages: 496
Category: History & Criticism
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.3
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The diaries of the National Trust's country house expert James Lees-Milne (1908-97) have been hailed as 'one of the treasures of contemporary English literature'

The diaries of the National Trust's country house expert James Lees-Milne (1908-97) have been hailed as 'one of the treasures of contemporary English literature'. The first of three, this volume, which includes interesting material omitted when the diaries were originally published during the author's lifetime, covers the years 1942 to 1954, beginning with his wartime visits to hard-pressed country house owners, and ending with his marriage to the exotic Alvilde Chaplin.

By contrast, James Lees-Milne's beautiful style and pace remind us how it should still be done. While the index of this anthology of his diaries from 1942 to 1954 is certainly stuffed with the names of powerful and talented people, there is a clear sense within its pages of a real human being negotiating a complex life. Like Chips Channon, Lees-Milne's life was hardly of great national consequence.

Nothing short of phenomenal. surely the finest diary of the 20th Century, truly a great masterpiece of English literature' (Hugh Massingberd, Country Life). Without question one of the finest diarists of the 20th century' (Selina Hastings, Spectator).

George) James Henry Lees-Milne (6 August 1908 – 28 December 1997) was an English writer and expert on country houses, who worked for the National Trust from 1936 to 1973. He was an architectural historian, novelist and biographer. His extensive diaries remain in print. Lees-Milne was born on 6 August 1908 at Wickhamford, Worcestershire.

James Lees-Milne (1908-97) made his name as the country house expert of the National Trust and for being a versatile author. But he is now best known for the remarkable diary he kept for most of his adult life, which has been compared with that of Samuel Pepys and hailed as 'a treasure of contemporary English literature'.

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Название: Diaries, 1942-1954 Издательство: Hodder Классификация .

This skilful compilation - including interesting new materials omitted from the original publication - covers the first dozen years of the diary, beginning with Lees-Milne's return to work for the National Trust during the Second World War, and ending with his tempestuous marriage to the exotic Alvilde Chaplin.

Comments:

Moswyn
I've been reading some WWII war years diaries, not sure how I stumbled onto James Lees-Milne, perhaps through looking at books about English country houses. This is a terrific book, not only revealing about himself, but the commentary on the number of enormous homes owned by the gentry who can no longer afford them is a history lesson in itself. Lees-Milne evaluated these properties for possible acquisition by the National Trust, along with surrounding land to preserve the views, and the art and furnishings within. One thing that seemed missing was comment on hardships during the war. Because Lees-Milne was involved in meeting with landed gentry, he also knew people of high social standing. All through the war years there is much notation of dinner parties, teas, and comfortable social events, clearly a slice of English society wasn't suffering too much from wartime shortages. He doesn't comment on that -- maybe he should have. I enjoyed this so much, I ordered the biography Bloch wrote (he edited this diary condensation), and may get around to reading the other versions of the diary. If you're interested in the WWII era in England, country house architecture, and the end of the once-all-powerful aristocracy, you'll like this book. Also a fair amount of restrained comment on his affairs and quick liaisons with men. He must have been one of the first gay/bi diarists to remark upon these interludes and assert that it is not to be ashamed of. That was pretty clear thinking for 1940.
Whilingudw
I have read all the diaries in the past but I purchased this compilation because new material was purportedly included - names of the living that had been excluded upon publication were not included since they were no longer alive. I find no better, livelier picture of British life in the war years than provided by Lees-Milne. He is the Pepys of our time - and the fact that he is chatty, gossipy, yet brilliant in his portraits of people, the houses he evaluated for the National Trust - only makes for a marvelous mix of high and low information about that world. Yes, he can be a bit snobbish, and it amazes me how well he dined and in war torn blitz terrified England but all is forgiven when he evaluates the people he knows and the world around him. I love this book and encourage those who read it to buy the other, later diaries, although I do believe that the war years are the best.
avanger
A well written record of an intelligent and socially connected Englishman during and sometime after the last World War.

Anyone who has an interest in the great country houses of England and the society that attended them should read this fine book and its two companion volumes.

The illuminating sketches that capture fleeting moments with such people as G.B. Shaw, Bernard Berenson, and Winston Churchill are estimable.
Buge
Great insights into people's personalities.
Alsardin
awesome
Simple fellow
I ordered "James Lees-Milne Diaries 1942-1954" and that is what is says on the cover-but the book inside is "A Conspiracy of Silence" by Susanna Gregory! What kind of scam is this? It is obviously a newly printed book.
Dark_Sun
Not as described by a trusted friend. Discovered we have very different taste in literature. Found it boring. An expensive mistake!!!
This diary, kept as the author worked for the National Trust in England during the Second World War, is a compulsive read, even for an American unfamiliar with many of the persons mentioned. I highly recommend it.

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