The Last of the Scholar Warriors

June 13, 2011

Farewell to Patrick Leigh Fermor and his extraordinary generation.
By Christopher Hitchens

"The death of Sir Patrick Leigh Fermor at the age of 96, commemorated in many obituaries as the end of a celebrated travel writer, in fact rings down the final curtain on an extraordinary group of British irregular warriors whose contribution to the defeat of Hitler, significant in military terms, still managed to recall an age when nobility and even chivalry were a part of warfare."

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Karen Olsen said...

I'm afraid this column is the first I've ever heard of the late Sir Patrick Fermor. He sounds like someone I would love to have known. Still, I must thank Mr. Hitchens for bringing him to my attention, however posthumously...

--Karen Olsen
Seattle, WA

Tom said...


Christopher reads from Hitch-22: A Memoir