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The extraordinary Mrs. R : a friend remembers Eleanor Roosevelt
Levy, William Turner, 1922-2008.
Publication Information:
New York : John Wiley, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiv, 256 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
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E807.1.R48 L48 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Biography

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"[Levy's] recollections are delightful, loving, and unique."-New York Times

"A lovely, loving memoir."-Blanche Wiesen Cook, Winner of the L.A. Times Book Prize for Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884--1933, Vol. 1

"[A] loving remembrance."-Kirkus Reviews

One of the most admired women of the twentieth century, Eleanor Roosevelt will always be remembered for her remarkable achievements as First Lady, United Nations official, and passionate advocate for the causes she held close to her heart. Now, through fascinating anecdotes, many of them totally fresh, William Turner Levy-a close friend of the former First Lady-gives us an intimate look at Eleanor Roosevelt and the way she viewed the world. And with the help of acclaimed historian Cynthia Eagle Russett, we also see Eleanor Roosevelt's role in shaping American and international politics. In this rare book, we gain a cherished glimpse of the extraordinary Mrs. R-as if she were our friend, too. An enchanting portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt in all her human dimensions-with fascinating anecdotes of the people she knew and loved-this refreshing and affectionate memoir reveals the fun-loving, intelligent, and vibrant woman behind the public persona.

Author Notes

Cynthia Eagle Russett was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on February 1, 1937. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Trinity College in Washington and master's and doctoral degrees in history from Yale University. She taught history at Yale University from 1967 until her death. She wrote several books including Darwin in America: The Intellectual Response, 1865-1912, The Extraordinary Mrs. R: A Friend Remembers Eleanor Roosevelt with William Turner Levy, and Sexual Science: The Victorian Construction of Womanhood. She died of multiple myeloma on December 5, 2013 at the age of 76.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Table of Contents

A Note to the Reader
An Invitation to Tea
Mrs. Roosevelt Comes to Dine
At Home in New York City
At Hyde Park
First Lady of the World
The World Comes to Call
A Fondness for Young People
Celebrations ... and Memories
Discovering Mrs. Roosevelt
Discovering FDR
Always a Democrat
Saying Good-bye