Eleanor and Franklin: The Story of Their Relationship, Based on Eleanor Roosevelt's Private Papers
Norton, 1973 - 1020 pages
In his foreword to this book Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. writes, "Mr Lash percieves and reconstructs the complex reciprocity of the partnership between Eleanor and Franlink Roosevelt with immense subtlety, sensibility and honesty. "The story is told from Eleanor's point of view, starting with her unhappy childhood in New York and ending with the death of Frnaklin in 1945.
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tionship between her sister and Franklin that the announcement foretold, wrote
Eleanor that she was thankful you "already love my dear Sister" and expressed
her pleasure to Franklin "that your devoted Mother will have a devoted daughter
in Eleanor." Eleanor's Hall relatives rejoiced that she would at last have a home
of her own, but their hearts ached somewhat at the thought of her leaving Tivoli
and Cousin Susie's. She would miss "dear Eleanor very much," Grandma Hall
"I was horribly disappointed with your hasty little scrap of a note yesterday after
not getting anything for two days," she wrote from Campobello. It was a recurrent
reproach. In the excitement of the moment he often neglected his duties and
forgot his promises, assuming that eventually, if others were involved, Sara or
Eleanor would square things for him. And they did. Eleanor took care of the
amenities. When babies were born she sent notes of congratulations and
ordered the gifts.
"It is horrid to be without you," Eleanor wrote him on September 2, the day after
he left, "and the chicks and I bemoaned our sad fate all through breakfast." But
she continued to be reserved and wary toward Lucy, as indicated by a genteel
dispute between the two over Eleanor's insistence on paying Lucy for handling
her "wool Saturdays." Eleanor sent a check, which Lucy declined to accept.
Eleanor was immovable and Lucy finally said she would abide by her wishes
since Eleanor ...
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Exhaustive look at Eleanor and Franklin. I wanted to enjoy this book and did for about 40% of it. Then I just couldn't take it any more. I read Lash's book Helen and Teacher about Helen Keller and ... Read full review
Foreword by Arthur M Schlesinger Jr
Introduction by Franklin D Roosevelt Jr
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