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The Country House book. Biography 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 Committe James Lees-Milne (1908-1997) was an English writer and expert on country houses.
Select Format: Hardcover. ISBN13: 9780192141392. Release Date: January 1986. Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated.
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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.
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James Lees-Milne, a British architectural historian and author who played a key role in the preservation of that ornament of British life, the historic country house, died on Dec. 28 in Tetbury in the county of Gloucestershire in western England. Mr. Lees-Milne once observed that his country's old houses meant to him ''far more than human lives. He was, as The Independent put it, ''shy, droll, diligent, well-connected'' and ''a heroic savior of historic houses. Peter's,'' a history of the great basilica in Rome, was ''a work of 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 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.
James Lees-Milne (1908-1997) was a noted expert on the English country house and perhaps the greatest British diarist of the 20th century. James Lees-Milne, Michael Bloch. Funny, indiscreet, candid, touching, and sharply observed, his journals reveal a fascinating personality and hold up a mirror to historical events large and small.
James Lees-Milne, architectural historian and writer: born Wickhamford .
James Lees-Milne, architectural historian and writer: born Wickhamford, Worcestershire 6 August 1908; Private Secretary to the first Lord Lloyd 1931-35; staff, Reuters 1935-36; Secretary, Country Houses Committee, National Trust 1936-44, Secretary, Historic Buildings Committee 1945-51, Adviser on Historic Buildings 1951-66; FRSL 1957; FSA 1974; married 1951 Alvilde, Viscountess Chaplin (nee Bridges, died 1994; one stepdaughter); died Tetbury, Gloucestershire 28 December 1997 .
James Lees-Milne (1908-97) made his name as the National Trust's country house expert, helping to rescue some of England's loveliest houses
James Lees-Milne (1908-97) made his name as the National Trust's country house expert, helping to rescue some of England's loveliest houses. He is now best known for his diaries, published in the 1970s and hailed as a masterpiece comparable to Pepys. Country of Publication. Depends on if you love country houses & are a member of the national trust. If filled me with sadness & anger to read that these houses ( no doubt beloved by their ancestral owners)were almost stolen from them. The government imposed punishing death duties, taxes & then not only did donating these to the NT meant giving them a substantial endowment for future upkeep.