Nancy Mitford (1904-1973) was born in London, the eldest child of the second Baron Redesdale. She had written four novels, including Wigs on the Green (1935), before the success of The Pursuit of Love in 1945, which she followed with Love in a Cold Climate (1949), The Blessing (1951) and Don't Tell Alfred (1960). She also wrote four works of biography. Nancy Mitford was awarded the CBE in 1972.
"A refreshment to the mind and the spirit. . . . Cunningly constructed, artfully written, and divinely farcical." --The New York Times Book Review "Mitford tells her story with much wit, intelligence, and polish." --The Times (London) "Deliciously funny." ---Evelyn Waugh