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Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989)

Charles Bruce Chatwin was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. His first book, In Patagonia, established Chatwin as a travel writer, although he considered himself instead a storyteller, interested in bringing to light unusual tales.
Born: May 13, 1940, Sheffield, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1989, Nice, France
Spouse: Elizabeth Chanler (m. 1965–1989)
Movies: Cobra Verde, On the Black Hill, Utz
Parents: Margharita Chatwin, Charles Chatwin
Lived: Kalamitsi 240 22, Greece (36.88091, 22.24041)
The Albany, Piccadilly, W1J
Studied: Marlborough College
University of Edinburgh
Buried: Agios Nikolaos, Chora, Aghios Nikolaos, Regional unit of Messenia, Peloponnese, Greece

The Albany, or simply Albany, is an apartment complex in Piccadilly, W1J built in 1770–74 by Sir William Chambers for the newly created 1st Viscount Melbourne as Melbourne House. It is a three-storey mansion, seven bays (windows) wide, with a pair of service wings flanking a front courtyard. In 1791, Prince Frederick, Duke of York and Albany abandoned Dover House, Whitehall (now a government office), and took up residence. In 1802 the Duke in turn gave up the house and it was converted by Henry Holland into 69 bachelor apartments (known as "sets"). The residents have included such famous names as the poet Lord Byron and the future Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and numerous members of the aristocracy. In Oscar Wilde's play, “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895), the character John (Jack) Worthing has a set at the Albany (number B4), where he lives while staying in London under the assumed name of Ernest. Notable queer residents: Sybille Bedford, writer, lived in Aldous Huxley's servant's room; Bruce Chatwin, writer; Aldous Huxley, writer; Matthew “The Monk” Lewis, from 1802 to 1818 (number K1); Compton Mackenzie, writer, from 1911 to 1912 (number E1); Sir Harold Nicolson, writer and politician from 1952 to 1965 (number C1); Terence Stamp, actor. George Cecil Ives had an apartment here which he shared with his live-in servant and lover, James Goddard (Kit) in 1894. The place was held in high esteem. Ives “refused to allow a third man to join him and Lord Alfred Douglas, Wilde's intimate friend, for sex, --- because “it wouldn't do at the Albany”.”

Queer Places, Vol. 2 edited by Elisa Rolle
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ISBN-10: 1532906315
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The village of Kalamitsi, just outside Kardamili was, in his later years, the principal home of Patrick Leigh Fermor and his wife Joan. Patrick was an English writer who was made an honorary citizen of the village for his participation in the Greek Resistance during World War II, especially in Crete. He died in hospital in 2011 the day after returning to his other home in Dumbleton in England. The ashes of his friend, the writer Bruce Chatwin, were scattered near a Byzantine chapel above the village in 1989.
Address: Kalamitsi 240 22, Greece (36.88091, 22.24041)
Type: Museum (open to public)
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation has approved a grant to the Benaki Museum to fully cover the repair and restoration works as well as the cost of the necessary equipment for the Patrick and Joan Leigh Fermor House in Kardamyli. This unique property will soon start operating as a centre for hosting notable figures from the intellectual and artistic worlds as well as a centre for educational activities in collaboration with Institutions in Greece and abroad. The Fermor property is located in the Kalamitsi area on the outskirts of Kardamyli, in Messenia, and has a total area of about nine stremmata, a little over two acres. It is, by general consensus, one of the most beautiful properties in Greece. Its direct contact with the sea—narrow stone steps lead to a small pebble beach just below the estate—the low, discreet, stone buildings and the Mediterranean garden that goes down to the water, comprise an ideal environment for focus and the creative process. In short, a sojourn in this place is a great gift that Greece can offer to notable figures from the intellectual and artistic worlds.
Who: Sir Patrick Michael Leigh Fermor, DSO, OBE (February 11, 1915 – June 10, 2011) and Charles Bruce Chatwin (May 13, 1940 – January 18, 1989)
Paddy Fermor was a British author, scholar and soldier who played a prominent role behind the lines in the Cretan resistance during the WWII. He was widely regarded as Britain's greatest living travel writer during his lifetime, based on books such as “A Time of Gifts” (1977). He influenced the whole generation of British writers such as Bruce Chatwin, Colin Thubron, Philip Marsden, Nicholas Crane, and Rory Stewart. A BBC journalist once described him as "a cross between Indiana Jones, James Bond and Graham Greene." After many years together, Leigh Fermor was married in 1968 to the Honourable Joan Elizabeth Rayner (née Eyres Monsell), daughter of Bolton Eyres-Monsell, 1st Viscount Monsell. She accompanied him on many of his travels until her death in Kardamyli in June 2003, aged 91. They had no children. They lived part of the year in their house in an olive grove near Kardamyli in the Mani Peninsula, southern Peloponnese, and part of the year in Gloucestershire. The house at Kardamyli was featured in the 2013 film “Before Midnight.” Bruce Chatwin (1940-1989) was an English travel writer, novelist, and journalist. His first book, “In Patagonia” (1977), established Chatwin as a travel writer, although he considered himself instead a storyteller, interested in bringing to light unusual tales. For “In Patagonia” Chatwin received the Hawthornden Prize and the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Graham Greene, Patrick Leigh Fermor, and Paul Theroux praised the book. As a result of the success of In Patagonia, Chatwin's circle of friends expanded to include individuals such as Jacqueline Onassis, Susan Sontag, and Jasper Johns. Chatwin's ashes were scattered near a Byzantine chapel above Kardamyli in the Peloponnese. This was close to the home of one of his mentors, Patrick Leigh Fermor. Near here, Chatwin had spent several months in 1985 working on “The Songlines.”

Queer Places, Vol. 3 edited by Elisa Rolle
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