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Sir Harold Acton

Grave marker, Cimitero Evangelico
degli Allori, Florence, Italy
Born (1904-07-05)5 July 1904
Villa La Pietra, Galluzzo, near Florence, Italy
Died 27 February 1994(1994-02-27) (aged 89)
Villa La Pietra, Galluzzo
Occupation poet; historical Writer
Language English, Italian, French
Nationality British
Ethnicity Anglo-Italian
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.
Harold Acton
So often is the virgin sheet of paper more real than what one has to say, and so often one regrets having marred it.
Harold Acton