Major archive of leading 20th century figure now open to public
The archive of one of the most charismatic characters of the last century, Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor, is fully available to the public from today (12 November) after being catalogued by the National Library of Scotland.
Sir Patrick, who was universally known as Paddy, was the finest travel writer of his generation and has been described as ‘a cross between Indiana Jones, Graham Greene and James Bond’. He was a decorated war hero, adventurer, scholar and Hollywood scriptwriter who could count princes and paupers among his friends.
The archive, which arrived at the National Library in 2012, is vast, occupying some 16 metres of shelving. Its contents offer a journey through the 20th century in the company of some of its key figures…