Nancy Mitford: A Biography

Nancy Mitford A Biography A biography that captures both the hilarity and pathos of an extraordinary woman and a remarkable life Nancy Mitford was witty intelligent often acerbic and an acute observer of upper class English

  • Title: Nancy Mitford: A Biography
  • Author: Selina Shirley Hastings
  • ISBN: 9780241116845
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Paperback
  • A biography that captures both the hilarity and pathos of an extraordinary woman and a remarkable life.Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic and an acute observer of upper class English idiosyncrasies With the publication of her novels The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, she became a huge bestseller and a household name An inveteraA biography that captures both the hilarity and pathos of an extraordinary woman and a remarkable life.Nancy Mitford was witty, intelligent, often acerbic and an acute observer of upper class English idiosyncrasies With the publication of her novels The Pursuit of Love, Love in a Cold Climate and The Blessing, she became a huge bestseller and a household name An inveterate writer of letters, she wrote almost daily to, among others, Evelyn Waugh, Harold Action, John Betjeman, Lord Berners, Lady Seafield, and, of course, her sisters correspondence that lies at the base of this biography, written with the fullest cooperation of Nancy Mitford s family and friends.

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    1. I read a review of this biography on that said beware - if you read this book you will be bitten by the Mitford bug. well I suspect I was bitten by the Mitford bug some time ago. Although I have only fairly recently read In the Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, I read the wonderful biography The Mitford girls about 18 months ago - and got seriously hooked then. This biography is very readable, often funny, and a must for any mitford fans. well written it is an affectionate but honest [...]

    2. I'm deep into "Mitford Mania" as I would call it, but Selina Hasting's biography of Nancy Mitford failed to live up to the previous biographies I've read about Nancy and the other sisters.The biography is very well done in regards to going into detail about Nancy's life and the people surrounding it. I quite enjoyed learning more about Peter Rodd, Hamish Erskine, and the Coopers. However, I felt as though Nancy's charm didn't come through as well as it does in other biographies. She appears a bi [...]

    3. For starters, this biography of one of the wittiest women of her generation doesn't contain a single funny line. Told largely through long quotations from Mitford's voluminous correspondence, the book oddly fails to illuminate the inner life of its subject. It's a very humdrum affair, taking you through the stages of Mitford's life and career without shedding any light on her complex relationships with her large cohort of sisters or her poor choice of male partners.

    4. I really enjoyed reading about the Mitford sisters, even though they seem to have lived in some parallel universe. Comedy and tragedy went closely together in the stratum of wealthy,witty and beautiful people.

    5. I loved it, but I am currently obsessed with the Mitford sisters. And of all of them, Nancy is my favourite.

    6. had to pick this one up again to recall Nancy Mitford's life, friends, Mitford sisters' backstory; since just re-read LICC and POL, my favoritesst read 5/08

    7. This is Nancy through the eyes of Diana and Debo, and, while the sisters know her, one wonders how much they truly understand.

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