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Nancy Mitford


“I do love translating: it is the pure pleasure of writing without the misery of inventing.”

Nancy Mitford

If you don't know anything about Nancy Mitford, she's worth looking into.  She was one of six daughters in a fascinating aristocratic English family, two of whom went on to become authors, one married the Duke of Devonshire, and two were close friends of Hitler in the 1930s.

Nancy is perhaps best known for her book, Love in a Cold Climate, which was made into two mini-series which were broadcast on PBS as part of Masterpiece Theater.  She is also credited with popularizing upper class ("U") and "non-U" language use, or how social class affects how people speak English.

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