The Villa Ariadne.

POWELL, DILYS.

£15.00

Publisher

Hodder and Stoughton.

Place

London

Date

1973

Item Description

FIRST EDITION. 8vo. 5.75 x 8.75 inches. 252 pp. Bound in original black cloth, gilt, in price clipped dust wrapper, which has sunned spine; otherwise a very good copy. Decorated by chapter headings and by vignette and publisher's device on title page. Patterned map endpapers. The history of the Villa Ariadne, the Cretan Villa associated with British archaeologists and the German wartime occupation. It was built for Sir Arthur Evans (1851-1941) close to the Palace of Minos at Knossos, which he excavated. It was later occupied by the archaeologist John Pendlebury (194-41) who was executed by the Germans for opposition to the invasion while out of his British army uniform. The Germans took over the villa as their headquarters and General Kreipe was living there when kidnapped by Patrick Leigh Fermor. Dilys Powell (1901-95), longtime famous film critic and travel writer of the Sunday Times, married an archaeologist as her first husband and had been visiting Greece since 1931. In 1941 she was appointed to the Political Warfare Executive, overseeing BBC transmissions to Greece.

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