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Jessica Mitford (1917–1996)

Autor(a) de Hons and Rebels

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Associated Works

The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters (2007) — Contribuidor — 819 exemplares
The Norton Book of Women's Lives (1993) — Contribuidor — 408 exemplares
The Best of Modern Humor (1983) — Contribuidor — 291 exemplares
The Grim Reader: Writings on Death, Dying, and Living On (1997) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
The Red Thread: Twenty Years of NYRB Classics: A Selection (2019) — Contribuidor — 58 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
Mitford, Jessica
Nome legal
Mitford, Jessica Lucy
Treuhaft, Jessica Lucy (married)
Outros nomes
Freeman-Mitford, Jessica
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
UK (birth)
USA (naturalized | 1944)
Local de nascimento
Gloucestershire, England, UK
Local de falecimento
Oakland, California, USA
Causa da morte
lung cancer
Locais de residência
Burford, Oxfordshire, England, UK
London, England, UK
Washington, D.C., USA
Oakland, California, USA
Gloucestershire, England (birth)
political activist
Mitford, Nancy (sister)
Mosley, Diana (sister)
Mitford, Algernon B. (grandfather)
Devonshire, Deborah (sister)
Romilly, Esmond (first husband)
Mosley, Oswald (brother-in-law) (mostrar todos 14)
Guinness, Desmond (nephew)
Guinness, Jonathan (nephew)
Churchill, Randolph S. (second cousin)
Murphy, Sophia (niece)
Mitford, Unity (sister)
Mitford, Pamela (sister)
York, Catherine (cousin)
Truehaft, Robert (husband)
Decca and the Dectones

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Jessica Mitford, known in the family as Decca, was one of the six daughters born to English aristocrats David Freeman-Mitford, 2nd Baron Redesdale, and his wife Sydney. She received little formal education but was widely read. At age 19, she eloped with her second cousin Esmond Romilly and went first to Spain, where Romilly worked as a war correspondent after having fought in the Spanish Civil War. The couple then lived in the East End of London before leaving England for the USA. At the start of World War II, Romilly enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force; he was killed a few months after Jessica gave birth to their daughter. She remarried in 1943 to Robert Treuhaft, a civil rights lawyer, and moved with him to Oakland, California, and had two sons. Jessica was active in many civil rights causes and left-wing politics. She became an investigative writer and journalist, and published her bestselling exposé of the funeral industry, The American Way of Death, in 1963. She also wrote several memoirs, including Hons and Rebels (1960, also known as Daughters and Rebels). Jessica's deeply held beliefs caused her estrangement from her sister Diana, Lady Mosley.



Who needs our tiresome royal family with their petty fallings out and tame activities when we have the glorious Mitford sisters? In their adventures, decadence and tradition jostle amusingly with the quirks and individual charms of the sisters and their world. Here in Jessica’s memoir, we are taken from debutantes bring presented to the queen (queuing in “a crowded corridor, filled with bare shoulders and the musty smell of rented ostrich feathers” (p88)) to public school rebels seeking to provoke the 1930s out of complacency (amidst a litany of rebellious thrusts, we learn that a motion that “pacifists should be sent to blazes” was defeated at a recent debate at Highgate School). The sisters are always spirited (their focus on “exuberant romance” contrasted to the “calculated frigidity” of those from plain origins (p169) but Jessica finds purpose (and so distaste for the “false theatricals” of the privileged communists of the 1930s) in the precocious, admirable character of Esmond Romilly, the lead public school rebel. After their adventure-rich tales of rejecting her family, eloping, and the Spanish Civil War, a move to the US brings somewhat more conventional anecdotes of finding work and getting on in a new culture, and so a calmer ending to this enjoyable narrative.… (mais)
eglinton | 26 outras críticas | May 6, 2024 |
A good account of the American funeral industry circa 1960. Practices have changed rather little in the intervening 60 years for those mourners who are coerced to embalm and display their dead relatives before burial. Fortunately cremations have increasingly replaced some of the pointless expenditures.
sfj2 | 9 outras críticas | Apr 28, 2024 |
I was torn between wanting to smack the author for hating on the funeral directors (that was my chosen profession when I was younger) and being shocked at the price gouging that the industry does. Sometimes I'm happy I never followed through with that goal.
Eye opening, for sure.
kwskultety | 18 outras críticas | Jul 4, 2023 |
Jessica Mitford era la quinta de seis hermanas de una legendaria familia aristocrática inglesa que durante los años treinta y cuarenta se harían famosas por sus conductas supuestamente escandalosas. Con el tiempo llegaría a convertirse en una de las periodistas norteamericanas más comprometidas y conocidas de su tiempo.
Natt90 | 26 outras críticas | Mar 23, 2023 |



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