The Mitfords by Charlotte Mosley
Letters Between Six Sisters

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Carefree, revelatory and intimate, this selection of unpublished letters between the six legendary Mitford sisters, compiled by Diana Mitford’s daughter-in-law, is alive with wit, passion and heartbreak.

The letters chronicle the social quirks and political upheavals of the twentieth century but also chart the stormy, enduring relationships between the uniquely gifted – and collectively notorious – Mitford sisters. There’s Nancy, the scalding wit and bestselling novelist; Pamela, who craved a quiet country life; Diana, the fascist wife of Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, whose obsession with Adolf Hitler led to personal tragedy; Jessica, the runaway communist; and Deborah, the socialite who became Duchess of Devonshire.

Writing to one another to confide, tease, rage and gossip, the Mitford sisters set out, above all, to amuse. A correspondence of this scope is rare; a collection penned by six born storytellers is irreplaceable.

 

About Charlotte Mosley

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Charlotte Mosley, Diana Mitford's daughter-in-law, has worked as a publisher and journalist. She has published A Talent to Annoy: Essays, Articles, and Reviews by Nancy Mitford; Love from Nancy: The Letters of Nancy Mitford; and The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh. She lives in Paris.
 
Published November 1, 2012 by Fourth Estate. 830 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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More than 800 pages of letters provide an engrossing, deeply personal group portrait of six idiosyncratic sisters whose political views varied as much as the trajectories of their famous--often notorious--lives.

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Nancy's semi-autobiographical novels, Jessica's two volumes of memoirs, Diana's autobiography, Deborah's books about Chatsworth, Harold Acton's memoir of Nancy, Selina Hastings's book about Nancy, Jan Dalley's book about Diana, David Pryce-Jones's book about Unity, Jonathan Guinness's ''House of ...

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We could take some of those players up to the majors and win a pennant with ’em.” Paige said of the Bismarck squad: “That was the best team I ever saw.

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The only people that he could sing for were kids, because they never thought there’d be a problem with Pete Seeger singing for 6-year-olds.

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U.S. diplomats and intelligence agents were in Benghazi because, as Clinton testified last year, “we have become accustomed to operating in dangerous places.” It is in these chaotic, violent places where threats to our national interests take shape.

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Its easy for people to come into this area and speak deplorable .

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And you and I know their are nice and bad people, so their are good and bad Jews, as their are bad and good other people, with this other people I come to me, I have known lots of good people and with that come lots of good Jews, I still know and befriend lots of people, good people and surprise ...

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Such a system has in one or another form been America’s foreign policy objective ever since Woodrow Wilson, even while American-instigated small wars of one or another kind, or American interventions in other peoples’ wars, have dominated recent years, intended to promote democratic global govern...

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What a bunch of whining - Bush hating - think they know it all - wannabe conspiracy theorist - liberal blather !

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Does the harassment of those people by the Seattle police stop and will they be able to participate in rallies without the fear of being arrested again and again?.

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Rosa described Raymond Parks as the first activist she had ever met.

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