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Nancy Mitford Collection


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Mitford, Nancy, 1904-1973.

Nancy Freeman-Mitford was a British novelist and biographer. She is best known for her series of novels about upper-class life in England and France, including The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960). She also wrote four well-received, well-researched, popular biographies of Louis XIV, Madame de Pompadour, Voltaire, and Frederick the Great.

The collection consists of thirteen autograph letters and twenty-nine postcards sent by Nancy Mitford to Elizabeth Forbes. Most of the letters are postmarked from Versailles, France, and are addressed to "Miss Liz," or, The Bookshop at 10 Curzon Street, London, where Forbes worked. There are two letters (1966) addressed to G. Heywood Hill, owner of the bookstore. In her letters Mitford invariably asks for Forbes' help with sending out copies of her books, with magazine subscriptions (for Gaston Palewski), with stationery---or thanks her for doing all of the above. In her later correspondence, Mitford mentions the pain she is suffering due to her illness. Included are copies of articles about the bookstore of G. Heywood Hill and about Mitford.

The letters are arranged by date.

Gift of the Viscountess Eccles in honor of Richard M. Ludwig on December 9, 1996 (AM1997-59).

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This collection was processed by Dina Britain on August 13, 2007. Finding aid written by Traci Ballou-Broadnax on August 14, 2007. Folder Inventory added by Hilde Creager (2015) in 2012.

No appraisal information is available.

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Collection Inventory

Correspondence, 1966-1973. 6 folders.
Physical Description

6 folders

Printed Material Regarding the G. Heywood Hill 60th Anniversary catalogue, "Reperusals", and the Nancy Mitford collection of correspondence listed as an item, undated. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

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