Chloë Schama is the Deputy Editor of The New Republic and the author of Wild Romance: A Victorian Story of a Marriage, a Trial, and a Self-Made Woman.

A new book claims it will help us figure out marriage, but Chloe Schama says its charm can't hide that any book on the subject is doomed to failure and obviousness.

In her new memoir and a collection of letters, the last Mitford sister, the Duchess of Devonshire, talks about chickens, her famous siblings, and having tea with Hitler. Chloe Schama on her dispatches from another world.