Empty Without You: The Intimate Letters Of Eleanor Roosevelt And Lorena Hickok

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Da Capo Press, Oct 5, 2000 - Biography & Autobiography - 344 pages
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In 1978, more than 3,500 letters written over a thirty-year friendship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok were discovered by archivists. Although the most explicit letters had been burned (Lorena told Eleanor's daughter, "Your mother wasn't always so very discreet in her letters to me"), the find was still electrifying enough to create controversy about the nature of the women's relationship. Historian Rodger Streitmatter has transcribed and annotated more than 300 of those letters—published here for the first time—and put them within the context of the lives of these two extraordinary women, allowing us to understand the role of this remarkable friendship in Roosevelt's transformation into a crusading First Lady.
 

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EMPTY WITHOUT YOU: The Intimate Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok

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At last, a firsthand look at the emotionally charged correspondence between Eleanor Roosevelt and "first friend" Lorena Hickok, believed by many to be the First Lady's lover. Streitmatter (Journalism ... Read full review

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Eleanor Roosevelt defined the role of activist First Lady. Lorena Hickok was the preeminent female journalist of the 1930s and became the top political reporter for the Associated Press. Together they ... Read full review

Contents

Prologue The Lady and the Reporter i
13
Deeply Tenderly
33
Three
52
A World of Love
63
Four
84
Seven
177
Eight
196
Nine
261
Epilogue The Long Way Home
291
Acknowledgments
297
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Rodger Streitmatter is a professor of communications at American University. A former reporter for the Roanoke (Virginia) Times & World News, he is the author of five previous books. He lives in Washington, D.C.

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