Sir Harold Acton

(1904—1994) aesthete and author

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writer and aesthete, spent some years in the 1930s in Peking, and wrote several works on Chinese theatre and poetry. He later settled at his family home at La Pietra, near Florence. His publications include poems: Aquarium (1923) and This Chaos (1930); fiction, which includes a novel set in Peking, Peonies and Ponies (1941) and Tit for Tat and Other Tales (1972, short stories); and historical studies, which include The Last Medici (1932) and The Bourbons of Naples (1956). Memoirs of an Aesthete (1948) and More Memoirs (1970) are autobiographies.

Subjects: Literature.

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