Ritchie, Charles ___ 1906-1995 ___ Canadian ___ diplomat

BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY
There is limited information about Charles Ritchie easily available on the internet, even though he was a distinguished diplomat and one of Canada's most celebrated diarists. Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, he studied at university in Canada and at Oxford. He joined the Canadian Department of External Affairs in 1939, and remained a diplomat until his retirement in 1971. Early on, he was posted to London, where, still single, he had a long affair with the writer Elizabeth Bowen whose husband was an alcoholic. After the war, in the mid-1950s, Ritchie was promoted to ambassador in Germany. He also served four year terms as Canada's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, as ambassador in Washington, and as High Commissioner in London. His diaries were published in several volumes covering different periods of his life; 'The Siren Years', for example, is rich in detail about his affair with Bowen.
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DIARY DATES, CONTENT DESCRIPTORS
1924-1971 ___ literary political people society love/sex UK France India Germany

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SOME PUBLISHED TITLES
An Appetite for Life: The Education of a Young Diarist
The Siren Years: Undiplomatic Diaries
Diplomatic Passport: More Undiplomatic Diaries
 

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