“She [Shana Alexander] asks if I’ve any sort of outline, or plan, for the book?  No, alas, say I; I’m still mucking about on the fringes, very unsure of what tack I’m taking, or what to cover or how.”

Jessica Mitford, letter to Vivian Cadden, April 9, 1971 (Decca: The Letters of Jessica Mitford, ed. Peter Y. Sussman, New York: Knopf, 2006; 428).