Decca : The Letters of Jessica Mitford
Part of the W&N Essentials series
'Enthralling and gloriously honest' SUNDAY TIMES'These letters are a treat ... as an example of what a woman can do once she has rid herself of, or at least decided to ignore, the expectations of others - family, men, society - Jessica Mitford will always take some beating' OBSERVER'Captures history's most charming muckraker, from her friendships with Katharine Graham and Maya Angelou to her devotion to civil rights' VOGUEOver her 78 years, Decca's letters reveal a remarkable life - from her childhood as the daughter of a British peer to her scandalous elopement to the Spanish Civil War with her cousin, to her life in the USA, where she married a radical lawyer.
The Mitford girls included Diana (who married the British fascist leader Oswald Mosley), Unity (who was close to Adolf Hitler) and Debo (who became the Duchess of Devonshire). Decca shocked them all when she joined the American Communist Party. Her letters are the stories of a century: gossip and politics, war and mores, the wonders of rapid technological change, the poignancy of personal struggles.
They are also a record of her never-ending quest for social justice.
Her letters were also a rehearsal for her published works (which included her memoir, HONS AND REBELS). This is a fascinating collection that reveals to us intimately the most ebullient Mitford of them all.