Origo, Iris ___ 1902-1988 ___ British ___ writer

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
Iris was born in England, the child of an Anglo-Irish mother and an American father. She was educated privately in Florence, Italy, and, with inherited wealth, spent much time in her youth travelling. She married an Italian nobleman, Antonio Origo, and together they developed a Tuscan farming estate, La Foce. She wrote biographies such as 'Leopardi: A Study in Solitude', and 'The Last Attachment' about Byron. During the Second World War she and Antonio secretly converted La Foce into a refuge for children and escaped Allied prisoners of war.
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1943-1944 ___ domestic literary family village Italy

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War in Val D'Orcia: A Diary
 

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