Nancy Mitford


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in London, The United Kingdom
November 28, 1904

Died
June 30, 1973

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Nancy Mitford, CBE (28 November 1904, London – 30 June 1973, Versailles), styled The Hon. Nancy Mitford before her marriage and The Hon. Mrs Peter Rodd thereafter, was an English novelist and biographer, one of the Bright Young People on the London social scene in the inter-war years. She was born at 1 Graham Street (now Graham Place) in Belgravia, London, the eldest daughter of Lord Redesdale and was brought up at Asthall Manor in Oxfordshire. She was the eldest of the six controversial Mitford sisters.

She is best remembered for her series of novels about upper-class life in England and France, particularly the four published after 1945; but she also wrote four well-received, well-researched popular biographies (of Louis XIV, Madame de Pom
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The Pursuit of Love

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The Pursuit of Love & Love ...

4.10 avg rating — 4,927 ratings — published 1974 — 8 editions
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Love in a Cold Climate

3.82 avg rating — 4,758 ratings — published 1949 — 47 editions
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Love in a Cold Climate and ...

4.10 avg rating — 2,629 ratings — published 2000 — 2 editions
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The Blessing

3.80 avg rating — 1,567 ratings — published 1951 — 27 editions
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Madame de Pompadour

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Don't Tell Alfred

3.60 avg rating — 1,555 ratings — published 1960 — 23 editions
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The Sun King : Louis Fourte...

3.83 avg rating — 1,054 ratings — published 1966 — 20 editions
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Wigs on the Green

3.42 avg rating — 1,032 ratings — published 1934 — 17 editions
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Christmas Pudding

3.51 avg rating — 591 ratings — published 1932 — 17 editions
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“I think housework is far more tiring and frightening than hunting is, no comparison, and yet after hunting we had eggs for tea and were made to rest for hours, but after housework people expect one to go on just as if nothing special had happened.”
Nancy Mitford

“I love children, especially when they cry, for then someone takes them away.”
Nancy Mitford

“If I had a girl I should say to her, 'Marry for love if you can, it won't last, but it is a very interesting experience and makes a good beginning in life. Later on, when you marry for money, for heaven's sake let it be big money. There are no other possible reasons for marrying at all.”
Nancy Mitford, Christmas Pudding

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