Need Eleanor Roosevelt Bio Recommendation
Posted 20 October 2009 - 05:03 PM
Posted 20 October 2009 - 05:22 PM
Geoffrey C. Ward's biographies of FDR have more focus on his personal life than other bios of the President and they are worth looking at, as well. Another of Ward's books, Closest Companion: The Unknown Story of the Intimate Relationship Between Franklin Roosevelt and Margaret Suckley, had some information about Eleanor that was new to me (not about her childhood, though) and I would recommend checking that one out, as well. Hope this helps.
Posted 21 October 2009 - 05:01 AM
There's a much older work, Eleanor and Franklin by Joseph P. Lash, a personal friend of Eleanor's, which is chiefly about her and it's a beautiful book with great stories about her childhood and early years. (He wrote a follow up about Eleanor's widowhood that's also worth checking out although it's not as good.)
I read the Lash volumes when they came out years ago. FDR Jr was also co author, probably the reason so much very interesting detail about Eleanor's early life was included. I found it very interesting and evocative so this one may also be a possibility for you. The second volume IS slightly less interesting but covers her years with the UN and other themes of her later years.
The Lash/FDR Jr volumes contain very little "controversial" material. Back in 1972, a lot of very private information wasn't necessarily included, or even thought appropriate to include in biographies. It was a very different way of writing about public figures. And Eleanor's son was included in the authorship duties which would have limited sensational details even more. So there is practically nothing about either Eleanor's or FDR's emotional relationships with others or other types of back office stories. Even Grandma(FDR Jr's grandmother, that is), Sara Delano, is given a fairly light treatment.
All that being said, I still think this version captures a lot of what made Eleanor tick. Much of the narrative is very vivid with detail, you often feel you are sitting in the room with her. The book states that Eleanor's private papers were used, which I'd imagine added much to the books.
Posted 21 October 2009 - 09:31 AM
Much of the narrative is very vivid with detail, you often feel you are sitting in the room with her.
Yes, very true.
Posted 21 October 2009 - 11:35 AM
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Posted 04 December 2009 - 10:14 AM
Bumping this up - MakarovaFan, if you did get to any of the books, I'd be interested in hearing your thoughts!
I have the Blanche Wiesen Cook biography and have focused on the early chapters since my interest is in her childhood. The story of her as a little girl and the relationship with her mother and adored father is heartbreaking.
Posted 05 December 2009 - 12:03 AM
Makarova Fan, are you researching for yourself? I heard the other day, from a well-known PBS producer, about a planned bio of the family; (Not just FDR but ALL the Roosevelts), but knowing their level of research it could be a few years before the film is released.
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