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This is an auction for DECCA: THE LETTERS OF JESSICA MITFORD, edited by Peter Sussman.

"An array of letters that capture Mitford's legendary wit, warmth and self-deprecating humour: decades of exuberant—and sometimes sparring—correspondence. Mitford's letters crackle with wit and mordant observations."
- a *** starred *** review in Publishers Weekly (US)

"Fifth of the noted Mitford sisters, Jessica (called Decca since childhood) eschewed family politics but kept her mother's practice of prodigious letter writing, leaving reams of lively correspondence to family and friends, including some of the intelligentsia of her time. Her letters are forthright, warm, and witty to the point of being laugh-out-loud funny, sometimes serving as epistolary notes for her investigative journalism. Dubbed "Queen of the Muckrakers" for her landmark book The American Way of Death, she took strong stands against injustice and exploitation, becoming estranged from family members, particularly sisters Unity and Diana, early friends of Hitler. (In 1943 she wrote Winston Churchill protesting his release from prison of Diana and her Fascist leader husband.) Each of nine chronological chapters begins with photographs and brief biographical summaries, providing social history from Decca's days as a Communist Party member and civil-rights activist to acclaimed author. From childhood notes to her parents to a letter to her husband of 53 years, labour lawyer Bob Treuhaft, days before her death in 1996, this is a treasure."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

Large format *trade) paperback 2007

744 pages.

An inscription on the title page. Otherwise, very good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect these books from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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