Standard Name: Mitford, Nancy
Birth Name: Nancy Mitford
Married Name: Nancy Rodd
NM is best-known for her novels, witty comedies of twentieth-century manners which draw on her own privileged background. Her accounts of love and disappointment among the upper classes frequently include political references (fascism, communism) or have wartime settings (Spanish Civil War, World War Two). She also wrote biography, translation, and essays and journalism including a famous squib about the way the English language reflects the social class of the speaker.
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Some resemblances to VT also emerge in Lady Montdore of Love in a Cold Climate, one of the best-known works by her friend Nancy Mitford .
She was repeatedly and unattractively portrayed...
Souhami, Diana. Mrs. Keppel and Her Daughter. Flamingo, 1997.
Sharpe, Henrietta. A Solitary Woman: A Life of Violet Trefusis. Constable, 1981.
|Friends, Associates||Violet Trefusis||
The following year Lowndes stayed with Trefusis at West Coker Manor.
At this time VT nurtured her (often edgy) relationship with writer Nancy Mitford , who moved from England to Paris in April...
Lowndes, Marie Belloc. Diaries and Letters of Marie Belloc Lowndes, 1911-1947. Marques, Susan LowndesEditor , Chatto and Windus, 1971.
|Friends, Associates||Evelyn Waugh|
|Friends, Associates||Sybille Bedford|
|Friends, Associates||Mary Wesley||
Even when they lived in a remote spot, the Siepmanns' circle of close literary friends included Nancy Mitford , Graham Greene , Antonia White , and Emily Coleman .
When MW became successful as a...
Matthew, Henry Colin Gray, Brian Harrison, and Lawrence Goldman, editors. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
|Friends, Associates||Lady Charlotte Elliot|
|Literary responses||Elizabeth Jane Howard|
|Literary responses||Berta Ruck|
|Literary responses||Sybille Bedford||
Nancy Mitford called A Legacyone of the very best novels I've ever read.
Evelyn Waugh called it entirely delicious . . . cool . . . elegant.
Bedford, Sybille. Jigsaw. Penguin, 1999.
Reviewing a reprint for the...
Dirda, Michael. “Sips from the finest vintage”. Guardian Weekly, p. 25.
|Literary responses||Frances Hodgson Burnett|
|Publishing||Marie-Madeleine de Lafayette|
|Textual Features||Elizabeth Jane Howard|
|Textual Features||Kate O'Brien|
|Textual Production||Claire Luckham|
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