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The Pursuit of Love 2


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Categorization is odious. There is tremendous overlap among genres. These pigeonholes are offered only as a convenience.

Nancy Mitford (1904 - 1973)

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Marian February 3rd, 2006 09:21 PM PST

The Mitford sisters were remarkable and famous for being brilliant and talented and very unlike each other, especially in their politics. They wrote about each other, and part of the pleasure of reading their memoirs and fictionalized memoirs is getting to know them all.

Start with THE PURSUIT OF LOVE and LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE, which are usually published in a single volume. If you love these people, then you can read the rest of Nancy Mitford's novels, then skip to her sister Jessica Mitford's memoir HONS AND REBELS (published in the USA as DAUGHTERS AND REBELS). And yes, that's THE Jessica Mitford, "muckraking journalist" and author of THE AMERICAN WAY OF DEATH.


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The Honourable Nancy Freeman-Mitford, CBE (28 November 1904–30 June 1973), novelist and biographer.

She was born in London, the eldest daughter of David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale. She is one of the noted Mitford sisters, was an essayist in, and editor of, Noblesse Oblige (1956), in which she famously helped to originate the famous 'U', or upper-class, and 'non-U' classification of linguistic usage and behaviour (see U and non-U English) — although this is something she saw as a bit of a tease rather than a serious matter. She is best known for her series of novels about upper-class life but she also wrote three well-received biographies.

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