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Hons and rebels

Author: Jessica Mitford
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, 2004.
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Biographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Mitford, Jessica, 1917-1996.
Hons and rebels.
New York : New York Review Books, 2004
(DLC) 2004016736
(OCoLC)57211331
Named Person: Jessica Mitford; Jessica Mitford
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jessica Mitford
ISBN: 9781681371245 1681371243
OCLC Number: 964524338
Notes: Originally published in 1960 under title: Daughters and rebels.
Description: 1 online resource (xxiii, 284 pages)
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Other Titles: Daughters and rebels
Responsibility: Jessica Mitford ; introduction by Christopher Hitchens.
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Jessica Mitford, the great muckraking journalist, was part of a legendary English aristocratic family. Her sisters included Nancy, doyenne of the 1920s London smart set and a noted novelist and biographer; Diana, wife to the English fascist chief Sir Oswald Mosley; Unity, who fell head over in heels in love with Hitler; and Deborah, later the Duchess of Devonshire. Jessica swung left and moved to America, where she took part in the civil rights movement and wrote her classic expos? of the undertaking business, The American Way of Death . Hons and Rebels is the hugely entertaining tale of Mitford's upbringing, which was, as she dryly remarks, "not exactly conventional. . . Debo spent silent hours in the chicken house learning to do an exact imitation of the look of pained concentration that comes over a hen's face when it is laying an egg. . . . Unity and I made up a complete language called Boudledidge, unintelligible to any but ourselves, in which we translated various dirty songs (for safe singing in front of the grown-ups)." But Mitford found her family's world as smothering as it was singular and, determined to escape it, she eloped with Esmond Romilly, Churchill's nephew, to go fight in the Spanish Civil War. The ensuing scandal, in which a British destroyer was dispatched to recover the two truants, inspires some of Mitford's funniest, and most pointed, pages. A family portrait, a tale of youthful folly and high-spirited adventure, a study in social history, a love story, Hons and Rebels is a delightful contribution to the autobiographer's art.

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