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Author Name:    RITCHIE, Charles

Title:   My Grandfather's House : Scenes of Childhood and Youth.. First Edition in dustjacket

Publisher:    Macmillan of Canada, Toronto, 1987, ISBN:0771595123 

Seller ID:   7960

RITCHIE, Charles. My Grandfather's House : Scenes of Childhood and Youth. Toronto : Macmillan of Canada, (1987). First Printing. Pp (12),xiii-xv,(1),1-167,(1). 8vo, violet cloth, silver lettering to spine. Charles Stewart Almon Ritchie, CC (b. September 23, 1906, Halifax, Nova Scotia d. June 7, 1995, in Ottawa) was a Canadian diplomat and diarist. "Now, in My Grandfather's House, he looks back at some of the characters that peopled his childhood and youth, in the years before his brilliant career in Canadas diplomaticcorps began. In these essays we are introduced to his uncles, Harry "Bimba sh" Stewart and the dashing and doomed Charlie Stewart; to his indomitable mother, with her gift for mimicry and her impatience with pretence; to his mad cousin Gerald; to his Irish nursey governess, Molly Clarke, who had herown brand of courage, to Miss leech-Proctor, the V.A.D. nurse who "walked like a policeman', to Miss Melanson the matron at his school, who took the boy's' education very much to heart; to the newspaper tycoon Lord Beaverbrook; to his college friend Billy Coster, who threw away wealth and a secure future; and to a host of others. With his usual unerring eye and elegant prose, Charles Ritchie brings them all to life again, with affection and wit." The chapters (un-numbered in the book) are: 1. Introduction; 2. My Grandfather's House; 3. Molly Clarke; 4. On Leave; 5. My Uncle's Medals; 6. Irina[Irina Kirsanoff, at the Pension Stucki in Lausanne]; 7. A Bunch of White Lilies [on Miss Melanson, the matron at King's College School. Windsor]; 8.Bimbash; 9. My Cousin Gerald; 10. Billy Coster; 11. Looking for a Job; 12. Juilan Barrington; 13. Fertility Rites; 14. Rumours of War; 15. Envoi. Ver y good in dustjacket. 20.00


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