Laurie Lee. Collection, 1944.
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Biographical / Historical Note

Best known for his autobiographical narratives, Lee began his literary career at an early age, writing verse while still in his teens. Lee traveled a great deal in his youth, finally settling in Spain, where he fought in the Spanish Civil War in the Republican army against Franco. He was also a journalist and scriptwriter, penning multiple documentaries for the General Post Office film unit. After this stint as filmmaker, he went on to work as an editor for the Ministry of Information. It was at this time that he began to publish professionally his literary works, printing The Sun My Monument in 1944. This was followed by A rose for Winter (1955), which ushered in the sequence of autobiographies he is most known for: Cider with Rosie (1959), The Geographical . As I Walked out One Midsummer Morning (1969), about his experiences during the Civil War, Two Women (1983), and his final book, A Moment of War , published in 1991.