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  1. OCLC. 148887247. The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters is a 2007 book of selected letters between the Mitford sisters. It contains letters exchanged between Nancy Mitford, Pamela Mitford, Diana Mitford, Unity Mitford, Jessica Mitford and Deborah Mitford between 1925 and 2003.

    • Charlotte Mosley, Jessica Mitford, Diana Mitford, Pamela Mitford, Unity Mitford, Nancy Mitford
    • Anthology
    • 2007
    • 834
  2. 6 nov 2007 · Quite an astonishing book — letters between the 6 Mitford sisters: the daughters in an aristocratic English family who were all born between 1905 and 1920. The correspondence spans the best part of the 20th century, and the elite social sphere of the sisters sees them interact with many historical figures, from writers to dictators.

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    • Hardcover
    • Overview
    • The Mitford family
    • Further reading

    The death of Deborah Mitford, the Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, signals the end of an era. From the birth of the eldest Mitford girl, 110 years ago, this famous family have transfixed us, writes Lyndsy Spence.

    Born to Lord and Lady Redesdale, known as Farve and Muv, the six Mitford girls - Nancy, Pamela, Diana, Unity, Jessica and Deborah - experienced an upbringing steeped in eccentricity. Living in genteel poverty in stately homes, the girls variously believed in poltergeists, pre-destination and barmy superstitions.

    Their philistine father's loathing of foreigners, Catholics and anywhere "abroad" ended up instilling in his daughters an individualist mindset and the confidence to pursue their own strong-minded opinions. Their vague and domesticated mother - odd in an age where servants exclusively ran aristocratic homes - gave the girls a healthy dose of common sense.

    Hens were purchased with the intent of selling eggs to smart London restaurants, linen napkins were abandoned because of the cost of laundering them, and the children were forced to follow a kosher diet. Shellfish, sausages and "the dirty pig" were forbidden. The reason was an odd belief that cancer was less prevalent among Jews.

    But medicine was withheld and operations were to be performed only as a last resort. School was frowned upon, in case the girls should develop thick calves from playing hockey. As such, a succession of dotty governesses attempted to educate the girls. And, aside from their beloved nanny, known as Blor, serving as a firm but fair disciplinarian, the girls were left to their own devices.

    With brains, beauty and a scathing sense of humour, the press heralded the girls as celebrities before they did anything to merit such praise. On the fringes of the Bright Young Things and writing farcical novels on the upper classes at play, Nancy's earliest literary work was overshadowed by her sisters' political views.

    •Nancy Mitford (1904-1973)

    •Pamela Mitford (1907-1994)

    •Thomas Mitford (1909-1945)

    •Diana Mitford (1910-2003)

    •Unity Mitford (1914-1948)

    •Jessica Mitford (1917-1996)

    The Pursuit of Love/Love In A Cold Climate: Nancy's comic novels portraying aristocratic life between the wars - "Life is sometimes sad and often dull, but there are currants in the cake, and here is one of them."

    Hons and Rebels: Jessica's memoir describing her childhood, and eventual elopement with her cousin - "In the windows, still to be seen, are swastikas carved into the glass with a diamond ring, and for every swastika a carefully delineated hammer and sickle. They were put there by my sister Unity and myself when we were children."

    The American Way of Death: After emigrating to the US, Jessica became a campaigning journalist. This 1963 book is an expose of sharp practices in the funeral industry - "I have nothing against undertakers personally. It's just that I wouldn't want one to bury my sister."

    The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters: A collection of the six sisters' letters to each other, edited by Diana's daughter-in-law, Charlotte Mosley

    Their sparkling wit and private family jokes were recorded by Nancy in her most celebrated novels, The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate. Although the subject of endless documentaries, biographies and volumes of letters, they are a sextet that continue to beguile. From novelist, farmer, fascist, communist and duchess - there is a Mitford girl for everyone.

    The death of the last Mitford sister, Deborah, Dowager Duchess of Devonshire, marks the end of a certain era, but for us inter-war enthusiasts, the fascination is timeless.

  3. 28 ott 2008 · Spanning the twentieth century, the magically vivid letters of the legendary Mitfords constitute a superb social and historical chronicle and an intimate portrait of the stormy but enduring relationships between six beautiful, gifted, and radically different women. Print length. 834 pages. Language.

    • (302)
    • Charlotte Mosley, Jessica Mitford, Diana Mitford, Pamela Mitford, Unity Mitford, Nancy Mitford
    • $19.95
    • Harper Perennial
  4. The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters Charlotte Mosley Fourth Estate, 2007 - Biography & Autobiography - 834 pages This collection offers an unparalleled and intimate glimpse into the lives...

  5. 5 mag 2008 · 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.