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Darling Ma : Letters to Her Mother, 1932-1944

Grenfell, Joyce

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ISBN 10: 0340423684 / ISBN 13: 9780340423684
Published by HODDER & STOUGHTON, Sevenoaks, 1988
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"Darling Ma" is how Joyce Grenfell began every one of these entertaining, gossipy, revealing letters to her mother in the USA. Ma was the sister of Nancy Astor, the mistress of Cliveden, overlooking the Thames. There Joyce and her husband Reggie were lent a modest cottage and her letters across the Atlantic often report on the political and diplomatic goings-on among the so-called Cliveden set during the late 1930's. They cover Joyce's rise from radio critic on "The Observer" to the popular star of stage and screen - and are imbued with her inimitable, enthusiastic personality. Joyce Grenfell wrote two volumes of autobiography, "Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure" and "In Pleasant Places" James Roose-Evans is best known for his work in the theatre, including the one woman revue "Re: Joyce" which starred Maureen Lipman as Grenfell. This 1988 first edition has sunning to page edges but is otherwsie sold in NEAR FINE condition in a FINe price clipped dustwrapper. This copy is illustrated. There is a near dedication on the facing title page. Size: 360pp. Bookseller Inventory # 003375

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Title: Darling Ma : Letters to Her Mother, 1932-...

Publisher: HODDER & STOUGHTON, Sevenoaks

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Hardback

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1ST EDITION.

Book Type: Hardback

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"Darling Ma" is how Joyce Grenfell began every one of these entertaining, gossipy, revealing letters to her mother in the USA. They cover Joyce's rise from radio critic on "The Observer" to the popular star of stage and screen - and are imbued with her inimitable, enthusiastic personality. Joyce Grenfell wrote two volumes of autobiography, "Joyce Grenfell Requests the Pleasure" and "In Pleasant Places" James Roose-Evans is best known for his work in the theatre, including the one woman revue "Re: Joyce" which starred Maureen Lipman as Grenfell.

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These cheery letters from comic monologuist Joyce Grenfell (1910-1979) about the English social scene during the Depression and WW II will appeal to Anglophiles and other readers interested in the daily lives of the famous. After divorcing the author's father, her mother, Nora Phipps, youngest sister of Lady Astor, married a former Yale football hero, moved to the States and settled in North Carolina. It was to her that the author wrote about life on the London stage and at the Astors' country estate, Cliveden; her shopping, cooking and journeys; her entertaining the troops; her husband, Reggie, and friends Richard Addinsell, Noel Coward, Myra Hess, Beatrice Lillie and Stephen Potter. There's plenty of gossip and good humor but surprisingly little comedy in this well-edited collection by British director Roose-Evans. Photos.
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