Memoirs of Marie Therese Miller-Degenfeld: An International Life in the Twentieth Century

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Trafford Publishing, Dec 20, 2006 - Biography & Autobiography - 410 pages
Born Countess Marie Therese von Degenfeld-Schonburg, growing up as the beloved only daughter of a mother and aunt in one of the most beautiful castles in Bavaria, Neubeuern, Maria throws aside the protocols and expectations of the German aristocracy to marry an American diplomat. Born in 1908 and dying in 2005, Maria's life spanned the 20th century, two world wars, and encompassed life on four continents. Her eclectic education included personal correspondence and instruction from poet, Hugo v Hofmanstahl, instilling an ability to write openly and frankly whatever was on her heart. Her experiences with the major events of her century, her philosophy and views on volunteer service, the church, and other issues make this book an unusual picture of a 20th century life.

 

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Contents

Meeting Ralph
175
Mildred Miller
190
Preparations for Our Wedding
192
Mrs Ralph Miller
205
Interim in Washington and Back to Europe
219
England 19351937
225
The Batesons
237
Cuba
243

My Bodenhausen Cousins
71
My Childhood
83
Child Marie Therese
85
NeubeuernHinterhör
104
History of the Neubeuern School
114
Christmas
121
My Early Years
127
Boarding School
129
1925 Geneva
136
After School and Debutante
143
My First Trip to the USA
154
My First Trip to Greece
166
Books and Thoughts
170
My Ralph
173
Yule Farm
253
Cairo
261
Return to Hinterhör in 1945
285
Summer of 1945
294
Canada
301
Citizen
311
1964
323
1974
333
Mayaland
340
1996
347
Memories of Hugo von Hofmannsthal
357
My Friendship with the HvH Society
369
Christmas
383
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Born Countess Marie-Therese von Degenfeld-Schonburg on January 14th 1908. Maria married American diplomat, Ralph Miller of New York City, and served with him in many foreign posts from 1932 until 1953. In 1958 she founded the Virginia Chapter of Recording for the Blind in Charlottesville and served on its board until her death at 97. She was a founding member of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. She edited two books of her mother's correspondence with Austrian poet, Hofmanstahl, Hugo von Hofmanstahl - Ottonie von Degenfeld Briefwechsel, (two editions 1974 and 1976), S. Fischer Verlag, and The Poet And The Countess, 2000, Camden House. Maria lived an active life as a widow for 46 years dividing her time seasonally between homes Virginia, Barbados, and Bavaria. She in died on February 16th 2005, days after completing her memoirs.

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