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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood of six daughters and one son that included the writers Jessica and Nancy, who wrote, when Deborah was born, “How disgusting of the poor darling to go and be a girl.” Deborah’s effervescent memoir Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood roaming the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with Adolf Hitler and her sister Unity in 1937, to her marriage to Andrew Cavendish, the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Her life changed utterly with his unexpected inheritance of the title and vast estates after the wartime death of his brother, who had married “Kick” Kennedy, the beloved sister of John F. Kennedy. Her friendship with that family would last through triumph and tragedy.

In 1959, the Duchess and her family took up residence in Chatsworth, the four-hundred-year-old family seat, with its incomparable collections of paintings, tapestry, and sculpture—the combined accumulations of generations of tastemakers. Neglected due to the economies of two world wars and punitive inheritance taxes, the great house soon came to life again under the careful attention of the Duchess. It is regarded as one of England’s most loved and popular historic houses.

Wait for Me! is written with intense warmth, charm, and perception. A unique portrait of an age of tumult, splendor, and change, it is also an unprecedented look at the rhythms of life inside one of the great aristocratic families of England. With its razor-sharp portraits of the Duchess’s many friends and cohorts—politicians, writers, artists, sportsmen—it is truly irresistible reading, and will join the shelf of Mitford classics to delight readers for years to come.

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Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of literary Viennaand#8212;its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall.

Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Stefan Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction.

This new translation by award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweigand#8217;s writing in arguably his most revealing work.

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Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy. Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood roaming the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with her sister Unity and Adolf Hitler in 1937, to her marriage to Andrew Cavendish, the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Written with intense warmth, charm, and perception, Wait for Me! is a unique portrait of an age of tumult, splendor, and change. “Touching . . . moving . . . [and] compelling as a portrait of a vanishing world” (The Wall Street Journal).

About the Author

Deborah Vivien Freeman-Mitford Cavendish, Duchess of Devonshire, was brought up in Oxfordshire, England. In 1950 her husband, Andrew, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, inherited extensive estates in Yorkshire and Ireland as well as Chatsworth, the family seat in Derbyshire, and Deborah became chatelaine of one of Englands great houses. She is the author of Counting My Chickens and Home to Roost, among other books, and her letters have been collected in The Mitfords: Letters Between Six Sisters and In Tearing Haste: The Correspondence of the Duchess of Devonshire and Patrick Leigh Fermor. Following her husbands death in 2004, she moved to a village on the Chatsworth estate.

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elizabethtburr, September 30, 2011 (view all comments by elizabethtburr)
A very well written autobiography by the (former) Duchess of Devonshire, Deborah Mitford. Yes - one of those Mitford girls.

This is a useful tool for a social & anthropological account of the English upper-classes of the 20th-century. What surprised me, was how much she continued to love her ex-Nazi sympathizing sisters (Unity & Diana), at the cost of her remarkably intelligent sister, Jessica. Though conventionally patriotic (her husband, the Duke, was a moderating influence here), the casual antisemitism of the British aristocracy surely accounts for her fascist sisters, & Debo's loyalty to them both.

Also, many people might not know that the original woman who would have taken the role of Duchess, was Kathleen Kennedy (yes, JFK's sister) who was married to the eldest son, and who was the heir to the title. Tragically, this son was killed within weeks of his marriage to Kathleen in WWII, and his brother Andrew became the Duke upon their father's death. Although Debo knew Kathleen (they "came out" in the same year), & was apparently a good friend, she leaves very little information about her, mostly in the form of platitudes about her "popularity". I found this disappointing as so little is generally known about this American heir to Devonshire, Debo could have given us a unique account of her as a person.

Overall a "good read." She shares her sister's (Nancy & Jessica, especially) gift for writing clearly & amusingly. Just a wee bit to privileged & oblivious to history.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780312610647
Subtitle:
Memoirs
Author:
Mitford, Deborah
Author:
Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire
Author:
Zweig, Stefan
Author:
Mosley, Charlotte
Author:
Deborah Mitford, Duchess
Author:
Bell, Anthea
Publisher:
Picador
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20110913
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Language:
English
Illustrations:
1 photograph
Pages:
368
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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Product details 368 pages Picador USA - English 9780312610647 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Written as both a recollection of the past and a warning for future generations, The World of Yesterday recalls the golden age of literary Viennaand#8212;its seeming permanence, its promise, and its devastating fall.

Surrounded by the leading literary lights of the epoch, Stefan Zweig draws a vivid and intimate account of his life and travels through Vienna, Paris, Berlin, and London, touching on the very heart of European culture. His passionate, evocative prose paints a stunning portrait of an era that danced brilliantly on the edge of extinction.

This new translation by award-winning Anthea Bell captures the spirit of Zweigand#8217;s writing in arguably his most revealing work.

"Synopsis" by ,

A NEW YORK TIMES EDITORS CHOICE

Deborah Mitford, Duchess of Devonshire, is the youngest of the famously witty brood that includes the writers Jessica and Nancy. Wait for Me! chronicles her remarkable life, from an eccentric but happy childhood roaming the Oxfordshire countryside, to tea with her sister Unity and Adolf Hitler in 1937, to her marriage to Andrew Cavendish, the second son of the Duke of Devonshire. Written with intense warmth, charm, and perception, Wait for Me! is a unique portrait of an age of tumult, splendor, and change. “Touching . . . moving . . . [and] compelling as a portrait of a vanishing world” (The Wall Street Journal).

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