Aline Countess of Romanones Message Board
Sharon Stephens posts on 1/25/2011 9:47:21 PM
The website is wonderful - and with Google web page translating tools, most of it can be read in English for those of us with limited Spanish ability. I believe I have a VHS of a 15 minute interview the Countess did several years ago from Pascualte. Once I find it I will post it to youtube, and will post the link here.
Kevin Cooke posts on 1/25/2011 9:30:03 PM
Gil, Is it possible to pass a message on to Aunt Aline? News from the Dexter side of the family. kcooke2 (at) earthlink.net
Anita posts on 1/24/2011 2:45:37 PM
Gil, this is wonderful news and I will go the the Website. Thank you so much for sharing this information.
Gil Griffith posts on 1/23/2011 10:46:18 AM
My aunt and her sons have started selling cheeses from their finca in Pascualte. There are some nice photos on the web site:
"I first came to Spain when I worked for the CIA during the Second World War. Here I met someone who a few years later became my husband, Luis de Figueroa y Perez de Guzman el Bueno, Conde de Romanones, who owned several farms in different parts of Spain.
One in particular, Pascualete, I instantly fell in love for its rich tradition, historical value and unique ecosystem and since then I have dedicated my life to preserving the natural and cultural heritage, knowing that it has been transmitted for centuries from generation to generation.
I am very proud that a product that for years I shared with my family, friends and guests can now be enjoyed in every home in the world..."
Google FInca Pascualete if you're interested in seeing more about the property at the heart of The Earth Rests Lightly and The History of Pascualete.
Anita posts on 1/2/2011 11:29:28 PM
I must share with you all that I recently bought a copy of "The Spy Went Dancing," from Amazon, and come to find out the first 3 chapters are missing! Fortunately I had read the book before, but I was disappointed. It was a book Amazon purchased from a Library. Interesting, don't you think?
Have read The Countesses books, over and over and have never tired of them. She really does "have it" as a writer and Novelist.From modeling, to the OSS,to Spain as a Spy,Socialite, and Author, and Paleontologist. Not many people have a record like she does! What a woman!
Roseanne H. posts on 1/2/2011 12:58:09 PM
I remember reading that issue of Architectual Digest! It was wonderful! The Countess was very popular around that time, as The Spy Wore Red had recently been published. I remember reading the society pages (Dear Suzy) of the NY Post, including one article where she had invited Nancy Reagan to lunch, but there was a small fire in her apartment building. It was Suzy (Aileen Mehle) who had forwarded my letter to the Countess, and I have been writing her, on and off, since!
Triall1c posts on 1/2/2011 12:13:23 PM
Angela, I just wanted to be clear about the pictures. They are pretty much the same but just perhaps two or three variances. Still, as a fan, I certainly understand the desire to have as much information about the Countess as possible. I recently purchased an Architectural Digest from April 1989 that has a whole spread on the Countess with pictures of the NYC apartment and Pasqualete. You should track a copy down. I think I paid 20.00 for it plus postage. Love your posts Angela.
Angela posts on 1/1/2011 11:57:50 PM
Thanks, Gil and Anonymous. Very interesting info. Now I want a copy of the other versions for the different pictures. I love the ones included in The Story of Pascualete.
Anonymous posts on 1/1/2011 1:02:01 AM
The books are identical in content except the pictures are different in each. I own The Story of Pascualete and An American in Spain. The latter is signed by the Countess.
Gil Griffith posts on 12/29/2010 1:53:16 PM
I spoke with my Aunt and with my Dad (her brother, who helped her with some of her book promo and lecture tours.) Here is the history:
In 1963, under the name Maria Aline Griffith y Dexter, La Condesa de Quintanilla, London-based publisher John Murray released 'The Story of Pascualete'. That same year, it was picked up for publication in Spain as 'La Historia de Pascualete'
In June 1964, Holt, Rinehart and Winston published the book as 'The Earth Rests Lightly' in the US.
In 1980, the Countess went out on a lecture tour, booked by Keedick Lecture Bureau. As part of the tour, they wanted her to be able to have a version of the book that she could sell to exclusively to attendees at a special price, so their publishing subsidiary Keedick Press published 'An American in Spain' for that express purpose.
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