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Nancy (Freeman) Mitford - Trivia


Writer, born in London, UK, the sister of Diana, Jessica, and Unity Mitford. Educated at home, she established a reputation with her witty novels such as The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949). After the war she settled in France and wrote major biographies, including Madame de Pompadour (1953), Voltaire in Love (1957), and Frederick the Great (1970). As one of the essayists in Noblesse Oblige, edited by herself (1956), she popularized the famous ‘U’ (upper-class) and ‘non-U’ classification of linguistic usage and behaviour.

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