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During the years of the mid-twentieth century that she worked in publishing, Diana Athill herself published translations, short stories, and a novel. She is, however, best-known for her several volumes of memoirs (one of them a collection of letters), which present both her professional and her personal life with artistry, feeling, and with unusual candour.
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December 21, 1917 DA was born in Kensington during an air-raid on London by German Zeppelins. She was the eldest of three: older than her brother, Andrew, by two years and her sister, Patience, by five. Bibliographic Citation link.
By 11 August 2000 DA entitled her book about her own professional career Stet: the Latin word meaning 'let it stand' which is used by proof-readers to signify that some suggested or expected change is not to be made. Bibliographic Citation link.
3 November 2016 DA's last book, A Florence Diary, was reworked out of an earlier account (written for her mother) of a visit to Florence in 1947, when Europe was emerging back into peacetime life from the survival mode of war. Bibliographic Citation link.
23 January 2019 DA died in her retirement home at Highgate in north London, aged one hundred and one.
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