Marriages and family[ edit ] Life with Esmond Romilly[ edit ] At the age of 19, Mitford met her second cousin, Esmond Romilly , who was recuperating from dysentery caught during a stint with the International Brigades defending Madrid during the Spanish Civil War. Romilly was a nephew by marriage of Winston Churchill. They moved to London and lived in the East End , then mostly a poor industrial area. Mitford gave birth at home to a daughter, Julia Decca Romilly, on 20 December The baby died in a measles epidemic the following May.
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What a perfect casting! I was inspired to buy it by its ten cent price and also its ghastly, 60s-Penguin "artwork" cover. Mitford dashes off, Rating: 4. Mitford dashes off, apparently effortlessly, sketches of her bizarre family, never straying into hatefulness even where antipathy exists.
Her completely unconventional upbringing wuth a mother who refused to vaccinate her a decision with a horrible, tragic cost later: Mitford contracted measles and gave them to her newborn daughter, who died as a result , contending that "the Good Body" knew its stuff, and a father whose major occupations appear to have been shouting and stomping and campaigning for Conservative politicians. Her wildly disparate sisters, novelist Nancy as the eldest and the most remote from Jessica; Diana, the great beauty and future Fascist; and Unity, the tragic figure of the family, a giant Valkyrie ironically enough, this is also her middle name!
So Jessica tells us the tale of someone born into privilege, luxury, and uselessness, who finds all of these qualities completely intolerable and who cannot, cannot, cannot endure the idea of the life that is laid out before her.
I fell in love with her right then and there. I felt the same way. Jesus, racism, and conservative politics made me nauseated, as they did my eldest sister.
So Jessica Mitford, Girl Rebel, looks for a way out: Her cousin Esmond, a professional rebel with a published book and a troublemaking newspaper founded and run before he was 16, fit the bill.
Hons and Rebels