May 30, 2020

#OAReads No. 3 - Sir Harold Acton, an exceptional discovery!

Dear friends,

Jeannette and I wish to draw your attention to the marvelous writings of Sir Harold Acton - novelist, translator, historian and aesthete par excellence! 

This man brings the 17th and 18th centuries to life in a way that is reminiscent of Nancy Mitford (whom Acton knew and adored!) and more recently, historian Olivier Bernier

But it is perhaps Acton’s two autobiographies, both titled Memoirs of an Aesthete (1904-1938, and 1939-1969) that are his greatest achievements. Acton’s books can be easily obtained on Abe or Amazon. His stupendous family home called Villa La Pietra/Florence and his family’s incomparable art collection were willed to New York University when Acton died in 1994 - a wealthy, happy man. 

-Marshall Pynkoski, Co-Artistic Director

Sir Harold Acton’s family home, the Renaissance Villa La Pietra/Florence - willed in 1994 to New York University

Top photo by Victor Watts