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    DescriptionA collection of the writings of Nancy Mitford.

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    A Talent to Annoy
    Essays, Articles and Reviews, 1929-68
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Nancy Mitford, Volume editor Charlotte Mosley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 288
    Width: 130 mm
    Height: 193 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 181 g
    ISBN 13: 9780340680131
    ISBN 10: 034068013X

    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: BG
    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AB
    LC subject heading:
    DC20: 828.91208
    BIC subject category V2: DNF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.5
    BIC subject category V2: DSBH
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: LIT000000, LCO010000, BIO000000, LIT004130
    Thema V1.0: DNB, DNL, DSBH
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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    Publication date
    17 October 1996
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    Review text
    The supersnob Brit for the ages in some sparkling journalism, most of which has already appeared in other books long out of print. The poor title, a play on Noel Coward's self-praising "talent to amuse," does Mitford an injustice. At her best, she was champagne-funny and infectious in her enthusiasms. Her pop bios of royalty were stunningly inaccurate, yet irresistibly zestful. Her articles on France, here reprinted from the London Times, make Janet Flanner's far more celebrated accounts seem positively dull. Her acid wit on analyzing upper- and non-upper-class behavior remains very amusing, as are comments like "The shrieks of eight tiny children who play in my courtyard reached such a pitch that I began to long for the days when germ warfare will be within the reach of us all." Unfortunately, Mitford's bitchily anti-Semitic jokes exchanged with friends like Evelyn Waugh are not in any way addressed by the editor; this is an important point, as Mitford's anti-Semitism was very real, differing only in degree from the open adoration of Hitler and the Nazis displayed by her sisters Unity and Diana. This major flaw apart, the pieces themselves retain their sparkle. A fine appreciation of E.F. Benson's Lucia novels is joined by a diary of a Paris "Revolution" as stuffy as anything Marie Antoinette might have imagined. Still, at her best, which she is in some of these essays, Mitford is amusing indeed. (Kirkus Reviews)