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The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh 2 editions

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

Classifications

Library of Congress PR6025.I88 Z49 1996
Dewey 823/.914, B

2 editions First published in 1996

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Cover of: The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
1996, Houghton Mifflin Co.
Hardcover in English
Cover of: The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
The letters of Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh
1996, Hodder & Stoughton
in English

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