"Decca" Mitford lived a larger-than-life life: born into the
British aristocracy--one of the famous (and sometimes infamous)
Mitford sisters--she ran away to Spain during the Spanish Civil War
with her cousin Esmond Romilly, Winston Churchill's nephew, then
came to America, became a tireless political activist and a member
of the Communist Party, and embarked on a brilliant career as a
memoirist and muckraking journalist (her funeral-industry expose,
"The American Way of Death, " became an instant classic). She was a
celebrated wit, a charmer, and throughout her life a prolific and
passionate writer of letters--now gathered here.
Decca's correspondence crackles with irreverent humor and mischief,
and with acute insight into human behavior (and misbehavior) that
attests to her generous experience of the worlds of politics, the
arts, journalism, publishing, and high and low society. Here is
correspondence with everyone from Katharine Graham and George
Jackson, Betty Friedan, Miss Manners, Julie Andrews, Maya Angelou,
Harry Truman, and Hillary Rodham Clinton to Decca's sisters the
Duchess of Devonshire and the novelist Nancy Mitford, her parents,
her husbands, her children, and her grandchildren.
In a profile of J.K. Rowling, "The Daily Telegraph "(UK), said,
"Her favorite drink is gin and tonic, her least favorite food,
trip. Her heroine is Jessica Mitford."
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