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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.<P>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.<P>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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kataj, March 28, 2011 (view all comments by kataj)
This is a very interesting and well written journal describing life in the Italian province of Umbria in the early days of the German occupation, the dissolution of Facsim and the entrance of the Allied forces that liberated Italy. While Iris Origo had great intellect and insight into the politics of the time, she wrote the story from both her privileged perspective and that of the ordinary Italian people who were her neighbors, friends and employees. I picked this up in an English language bookstore on a recent visit to Florence at the recommendation of one of the staff. It was a wonderful travel read! I would have enjoyed it anyway but love the experience reading something historical about a place while I am there. I've also recommended it to a colleague who teaches Modern World History. The introduction and preface are helpful for understanding the context of the events she narrates, making them come alive in a new way. A great read for anyone who loves history, Italy, travel writing and biography!
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kataj, March 28, 2011 (view all comments by kataj)
This is a very interesting and well written journal describing life in the Italian province of Umbria in the early days of the German occupation, the dissolution of Facsim and the entrance of the Allied forces that liberated Italy. While Iris Origo had great intellect and insight into the politics of the time, she wrote the story from both her privileged perspective and that of the ordinary Italian people who were her neighbors, friends and employees. I picked this up in an English language bookstore on a recent visit to Florence at the recommendation of one of the staff. It was a wonderful travel read! I would have enjoyed it anyway but love the experience reading something historical about a place while I am there. I've also recommended it to a colleague who teaches Modern World History. The introduction and preface are helpful for understanding the context of the events she narrates, making them come alive in a new way. A great read for anyone who loves history, Italy, travel writing and personal narrative!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781567921038
Author:
Origo, Iris
Publisher:
David R. Godine Publisher
Author:
Origo, Iris
Location:
Boston :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Intellectual life
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Critics
Subject:
Orcia River Valley
Subject:
Origo, Iris
Subject:
Critics -- Italy -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Edition Number:
1st Nonpareil ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
A nonpareil book
Series Volume:
82
Publication Date:
20141231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
588
Dimensions:
8.34x5.80x.93 in. .92 lbs.

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Biography » Literary
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » Europe » Italy » General
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