|Sir Harold Acton
Grave marker, Cimitero Evangelico
degli Allori, Florence, Italy
5 July 1904|
Villa La Pietra, Galluzzo, near Florence, Italy
|Died||27 February 1994
Villa La Pietra, Galluzzo
|Occupation||poet; historical Writer|
|Language||English, Italian, French|
|Alma mater||Oxford University|
|Notable works||The Last of the Medici (1930, 1932), Modern Chinese Poetry (with S.-H. Ch’en, 1936), Peonies and Ponies (1941, 1983), Memoirs of an Aesthete (1948), The [Last] Bourbons of Naples (1956, 1961), Ferdinando Galiani (1960), Florence (with M. Huerlimann, 1960), Nancy Mitford (1975), The Peach Blossom Fan (with S.-H. Ch’en, 1976)|
|Notable awards||knighthood (CBE), 1974|
|Relatives||John Dalberg-Acton, Sir John Acton|
The biographies and autobiographies are on the whole more impressive than the fiction of the last two decades, but the freakish best sellers among them are least likely to withstand the test of time.
So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.