Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Macmillan, Oct 26, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 368 pages
18 Reviews

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt’s marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinized partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR’s lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer to Eleanor’s purported lesbianism—and many scandals in between—the American public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR’s needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now.

In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention—private and public—that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring. Franklin, especially, knew what he owed to Eleanor, who was not so much behind the scenes as heavily engaged in them. Their relationship was the product of FDR and Eleanor’s conscious efforts—a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs.

In this dramatic and vivid narrative, set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts an extraordinary evolution—from conventional Victorian marriage to the bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.


What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
4 stars
3 stars
2 stars
1 star

Review: Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

User Review  - Susan Albert - Goodreads

A highly readable and dramatic introduction to this power couple for readers who aren't familiar with the story. No new facts here; the value lies in the consistent focus on the marriage and its continual redefinitions in the lives of Eleanor and Franklin. Read full review

Review: Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage

User Review  - Irving Koppel - Goodreads

This is probably the most intimate biography that I have read about FDR and his wife,Eleanor. Franklin was a very great man who had to overcome a crippling disease. Nevertheless,he was able to find ... Read full review


Also by Hazel Rowley

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2010)

Hazel Rowley (1951-2011) was born in London and educated in England and Australia. She moved to the United States in the late 1990’s and lived in New York City. She was the author of critically acclaimed biographies. Christina Stead: A Biography was a New York Times Best Book, and Richard Wright: The Life and Times was a Washington Post Best Book. Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre has been translated into twelve languages. Rowley was the recipient of fellowships from the Radcliffe Institute and the Rockefeller Foundation. 

Bibliographic information