Born into the British aristocracy, Nancy Mitford and Evelyn Waugh were close friends and, in many ways, parallel chroniclers of the fading English aristocracy in the years between the two world wars. In The Pursuit of Love (1945) and Love in a Cold Climate (1949), Mitford explores, with vividness and great wit, the life of the aristocratic Radletts: titled, eccentric, short on cash, and nothing if not memorable. Waugh published his now classic novel Brideshead Revisited (1945) to explore the pre-World War I heyday of England’s Marchmain family — titled, Roman Catholic, endowed with beauty, money, and charm — through their difficulties in the 1920s and their eventual decline in the 1930s. Waugh’s prose, his characterizations, and his evocation of time and place all stand out as resonant and gorgeous. In all three novels, World War II is the death knell for the British Empire. We invite you to join us for stimulating discussion of these wonderful novels, which complement each other so well. Recommended editions: Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh (Penguin Classics, 2020); The Pursuit of Love by Nancy Mitford (Vintage Books, 2010); Love in a Cold Climate by Nancy Mitford (Vintage Books, 2010).