The Mitfords

The Mitfords

Letters Between Six Sisters

Book - 2007
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Collects a selection of the more than twelve thousand letters sent between the six Mitford sisters, who were comprised of Jessica, a communist; Debo, the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy, a best-selling novelist; Diana, a fascist; Unity, who was obsessed with Adolf Hitler; and Pamela, a country wife.
Publisher: New York : Harper, c2007.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780061373640
0061373648
Characteristics: xxi, 834 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., geneal. table ; 24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Mosley, Charlotte
Alternative Title: Letters between six sisters

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Shwayfet
May 24, 2015

I have been fascinated by these sisters for years. I had read "The American Way of Death" by Jessica which was my first implication that the capitalists were not on our side. I believe that she helped us somewhat although it amuses me to see people paying for long, expensive obituaries in the newspaper. So what did we learn? Diana has been in my mind, always wondering just how nice was the jail that she and Mosely occupied during WWII? I just finished his son's "Time at War" which, once again made me realize that a good education stands one in good stead — even in wartime. Unity's miserable life and poor decisions make me shudder ,and now that Doorothy, the baby of the family, has died, I feel somewhat bereft. Although I personally do not know any Duchesses, she was the most "sensible" of the five women, and I have always been taught to be sensible. I have loved the two DVDs about Chatsworth and her huge part in creating this business. She pops up in many places, even in "Little Gloria, Happy at Last." (Familiar because Anderson Cooper is Gloria's son.) I am very much looking forward to reading this book. I love the positive comments on this page.

debwalker Jan 24, 2012

Fascinating lives of five aristocratic sisters who grew up in a country mansion in the Downton era.

lsims Nov 11, 2009

My best read of the year so far. The sister's lives are fascinating and the book is both a romp through history, and a reminder of the enduring bonds of family. Romance, rivalry, betrayal, and forgiveness - it's all here. I couldn't put it down.
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KLF
Jun 09, 2008

I didn't want this book to end. it is an engrossing look at the lives of the (notorious? amazing?) Mitford sisters, but also gives a sweepinbg look at England throughout most of the 20th century, albeit from the perspective of members of the upper/upper-middle class. Plus, there's the frisson that always accompanies reading other people's mail (even though it's sanctioned!).

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