August 10, 2010
August 10, 2010
Nancy Mitfordrsquo;s most controversial novel, unavailable for decades, is a hilarious satirical send-up of the political enthusiasms of her notorious sisters, Unity and Diana.Written in 1934, early in Hitlerrsquo;s rise, Wigs on the Green lightheartedly skewers the devoted followers of British fascism. The sheltered and unworldy Eugenia Malmain is one of the richest girls in England and an ardent supporter of General Jack and his Union Jackshirts. World-weary Noel Foster and his scheming friend Jasper Aspect are in search of wealthy heiresses to marry; Lady Marjorie, disguised as a commoner, is on the run from the Duke she has just jilted at the altar; and her friend Poppy is considering whether to divorce her rich husband. When these characters converge with the colorful locals at a grandly misconceived costume pageant that turns into a brawl between Pacifists and Jackshirts, madcap farce ensues. Long suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to family feelings, Wigs on the Green can now be enjoyed by fans of Mitfordrsquo;s superbly comic novels.
Nancy Mitford skewers her aristocratic upbringing in her outrageous 1935 novel WIGS ON THE GREEN, which sends up early-century marriage practices, British estate life and nationalistic politics in the run-up to World War II. The central figure is Eugenia Malmains, the patriotic heart pumping favor into the blueblood family that includes two conniving boys and another pair of sisters scorned at love. Thrown into the pot of their Chalford manor, these siblings are brought to boil just in time to brew an especially-prewar English tea.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
- Subgenre: Literary
- Publisher: Vintage Books
- Pages: 169
- Language: English
- Release Date: August 10, 2010
- Author: Nancy Mitford
- Online Item #: 12702219
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-48-2707
- ISBN: 9780307740854
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported