Cover of: The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh | Nancy Mitford

Contributors

  • Editor
    Charlotte Mosley

About the Book

Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh, two of the twentieth century's most amusing and gifted writers, matched wits and exchanged insults in more than five hundred letters, a continuous irreverent dialogue that stretched for twenty-two years. Their delicious correspondence, much of it never published before (for fear of speaking ill of the living), provides colorful glimpses of both lives, testifies to their enduring but thorny friendship, and evokes the literary and social circles of London and Paris at midcentury. Waugh and Mitford both emerged from the group of London socialites known as the Bright Young Things, and both found best-selling success in the 1940s, Waugh with Brideshead Revisited, Mitford with The Pursuit of Love. In their letters they sharpened their wits at the expense of friends and enemies alike, but with particular relish they dissected their friends, who included Harold Acton, Graham Greene, the Sitwells, Duff and Diana Cooper, Randolph Churchill, and their favorite butt, Cyril Connolly. Waugh's pessimistic brand of Roman Catholicism clashed with Mitford's cheerful iconoclasms; her francophilia only fueled her friend's dislike of all things French. He accused her of bad grammar and worse theology; she nailed him with snobbery and anti-Semitism. "The letters between them," wrote Selina Hastings, Waugh's biographer, "... must be some of the most entertaining written this century." - Jacket flap.

Table of Contents

Chronology
Editor's note
Preface
Biographical notes
Part one : 1944-1946
Part two : 1947-1949
Part three : 1950-1952
Part four : 1953-1956
Part five : 1957-1961
Part six : 1962-1966

Edition Notes

Originally published: London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1996

Includes bibliographical references and index

Copyright Date
1996

Classifications

Library of Congress
PR6025.I88 Z49 1996

The Physical Object

Format
Hardcover
Pagination
xxiv, 527 p., [16] p. of plates
Number of pages
527
Dimensions
25 x x centimeters

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL16850572M
Internet Archive
lettersofnancymi00mitf
ISBN 10
0395740150
ISBN 13
9780395740156
LC Control Number
96052912
Library Thing
209323
Goodreads
112871
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