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Kinta Beevor was born in 1911 in Northbourne, England, and died in 1995. Born Carinthia Waterfield, she was the daughter of Aubrey Waterfield, a painter, and Lina Waterfield (granddaughter of Lucie Duff Gordon, who wrote the Victorian best-seller Letters from Egypt in 1865). From the age of five and until she was sent to boarding school in England, Kinta was raised in the Fortezza della Brunella in northern Tuscany, an inhospitable castle on a rock with views of the Carraras. In 1993, at the age of 82, she published A Tuscan Childhood, the story of her youth in Italy.