Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Patrick Leigh Fermor
Patrick Leigh Fermor died "last Friday at his home in Worcestershire," according to the New York Times.
Fermor was 96 at the time of his death.
Patrick Leigh Fermor was the author of many wonderful travel books, including A Time of Gifts, an account, written many years later, of his journey on foot (and boat, horse, and automobile) from London to Constantinople in 1933-35, starting when he was 18 years old.
Another book, Between the Woods and the Water, describes the next leg of the journey, taking up after A Time of Gifts; he never published an account of the final leg of the journey.
In World War II, Fermor led a group that kidnapped the German general in command of Crete.