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Nancy Mitford (1904–1973)

Author of The Pursuit of Love

32+ Works 12,144 Members 283 Reviews 65 Favorited

About the Author

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She is sometimes confused with Nancy MILFORD. Be careful not to combine the two. Thank you for your help.

Image credit: Photo by Roloff Beny, Hotel Cipriani, Venice, 1957
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Series

Works by Nancy Mitford

The Pursuit of Love (1945) 1,966 copies, 69 reviews
Love in a Cold Climate (1949) 1,707 copies, 44 reviews
The Pursuit of Love / Love in a Cold Climate (1945) 1,483 copies, 30 reviews
The Sun King (1966) 919 copies, 16 reviews
Madame de Pompadour (1954) 909 copies, 16 reviews
Don't Tell Alfred (1960) 784 copies, 16 reviews
The Blessing (1951) 758 copies, 16 reviews
Voltaire in Love (1957) 406 copies, 6 reviews
Frederick the Great (1970) 373 copies, 4 reviews
Wigs on the Green (1935) 353 copies, 16 reviews
Christmas Pudding (1932) 296 copies, 14 reviews
Pigeon Pie (1940) 280 copies, 5 reviews
Highland Fling (1931) 234 copies, 9 reviews

Associated Works

The Princess of Clèves (1678) — Translator, some editions — 2,335 copies, 54 reviews
The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters (2007) — Contributor — 821 copies, 20 reviews
The Mapp and Lucia Novels (1994) — Introduction, some editions — 547 copies, 19 reviews
The Letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh (1996) — Contributor — 278 copies, 6 reviews
The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Contributor — 143 copies, 1 review
A Literary Christmas: An Anthology (2013) — Contributor — 137 copies, 4 reviews
Ice: Stories of Survival from Polar Exploration (1999) — Contributor — 60 copies
The Virago Book of Christmas (2002) — Contributor — 52 copies, 1 review
Round the Christmas Fire: Festive Stories (2013) — Contributor — 35 copies
Famous and Curious Animal Stories (1982) — Contributor — 29 copies, 1 review
Love in a Cold Climate [2001 film] (2005) — Original novel — 26 copies
The Little Hut (1951) — Adapted, some editions — 23 copies
The Bedside Lilliput (1950) — Contributor — 12 copies
Love in a Cold Climate [1980 TV mini-series] (2012) — Original novel — 10 copies, 1 review

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Common Knowledge

Canonical name
Mitford, Nancy
Legal name
Freeman-Mitford, Nancy
Other names
Rodd, Honourable Mrs. Peter
Birthdate
1904-11-28
Date of death
1973-06-30
Burial location
Swinbrook, Oxfordshire, England
Gender
female
Nationality
UK
England, UK
Birthplace
London, England, UK
Place of death
Versailles, France
Cause of death
hodgkin's lymphoma
Places of residence
Oxfordshire, England, UK
Paris, France
Versailles, France
Education
at home
Occupations
novelist
biographer
essayist
Relationships
Mitford, Jessica (sister)
Mosley, Diana (sister)
Devonshire, Deborah (sister)
Mitford, Algernon B. (grandfather)
Mosley, Oswald (brother-in-law)
Guinness, Desmond (nephew) (show all 13)
Murphy, Sophia (niece)
Churchill, Randolph S. (second cousin)
Soames, Mary (second cousin)
Mosley, Charlotte (niece-in-law)
Mitford, Pamela (sister)
Mitford, Unity (sister)
York, Catherine (cousin)
Organizations
Girl Guides
Awards and honors
Order of the British Empire (Commander ∙ 1972)
Chevalier de la Légion d'honneur (1972)
Agent
Caroline Dawnay (PFD)
Short biography
Nancy Mitford came from an aristocratic background, which she enjoyed satirizing (along with snobs and social climbers). Many of her works were witty and worldly observations of English and French society and manners. She began writing fiction and moved on to biography and history. She was one of the six Mitford sisters, whose lives and activities fascinated the public.
Disambiguation notice
She is sometimes confused with Nancy MILFORD. Be careful not to combine the two. Thank you for your help.

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Discussions

4. The Blessing by Nancy Mitford in Backlisted Book Club (March 2022)

Reviews

Mildly amusing. A little tiresome and pointless in the end, but a sort of harmless fun. The preface ex planning the circumstances of the punishing and ensuing drama with her sisters who were thinly veiled characters was pretty interesting.
 
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BookyMaven | 15 other reviews | Jul 12, 2024 |
I think the only reason people don’t seem to like this one so much is because Mitford’s other work has spoiled them. This story is short and light, with many funny conflicts between the older and younger generation. It’s accessible and the young people are very sympathetic even though they’re a bit ridiculous. I laughed out loud a few times and loved the highlands setting.
 
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CruellaLibrary | 8 other reviews | Jun 3, 2024 |
While her writing (and her wit) is excellent (I love reading people who have a way with words), I didn't enjoy the book as much as I had hoped. I think she was writing for a more literate and better-educated audience than me (or I), so quite a few of her words were beyond me. Then again, that made it all the more gratifying when I did get an oblique (or maybe not so oblique) reference. There was a lot that I liked; the two essays I liked best were The Tourist, and A Bad Time, the agonizing story of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole.… (more)
 
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dvoratreis | 1 other review | May 22, 2024 |
What a horribly unexpected ending!
 
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tayswift1477 | 68 other reviews | May 15, 2024 |

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1940s (1)

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Statistics

Works
32
Also by
15
Members
12,144
Popularity
#1,932
Rating
3.8
Reviews
283
ISBNs
354
Languages
14
Favorited
65

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