Jessica Mitford



Streaming Media


Nina Mae Kellogg lecture


1 hour 1 minute


Jessica Mitford, an English author, activist, and journalist, was well-known for her memoirs (Hons and Rebels, 1960) as well as for her investigative work (The American Way of Death, 1963, and Kind and Unusual Punishment: The Prison Business, 1973).

In this discussion, Mitford describes how she chose writing as a career, how she chooses subjects to write about and does her research, and how she deals with writing problems.

An introduction to Mitford's talk is provided by Marjorie Nelson, Professor of English at Portland State.

Transferred and preserved by Portland State University Library’s Special Collections with the generous support of the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.


Literature, Writing

Original Format

Reel to reel, 3.75 ips, 1/4 track, stereo


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Transcript added September 3, 2021.

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