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In Albert's shadow : the life and letters of Mileva Maric, Einstein's first wife
Einstein-Marić, Mileva, 1875-1948.
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Correspondence. Selections. English
Publication Information:
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, [2003]

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xiii, 182 : illustrations ; 23cm
Introduction -- Gallery -- Letters.
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Mileva Maric was a remarkable woman by any measure. One of the first women to study physics at a European university, she met and fell in love with a young physicist whose revolutionary theories would shortly transform our understanding of the universe. Mileva's marriage to Albert Einstein and the birth of their three children (the first, Lieserl, was born before the two were married) derailed her career as a physicist. Ensuing marital difficulties also threw Mileva into a severe depression for years after she and Albert separated in 1916 and divorced three years later. The subject of much speculation on the part of Einstein biographers, Mileva's life has remained shrouded in mystery and half-truth. In Albert's Shadow, a treasure trove of seventy previously unpublished letters and cards written by Mileva to Helene Savic, an intimate friend from her university days, brings Mileva's life and marriage into focus more sharply than ever before. Edited and introduced by Helene Savic's grandson, Milan Popovic, this revealing and often touching epistolatary biography offers a new and less-than-flattering perspective on the private life of Albert Einstein and provides a compelling portrait

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Marriage to the man called the "greatest mind of the 20th century" was no bed of roses. Einstein's first wife, no mean scientist herself, subordinated her career to bear his children in a short marriage (1903-19). Einstein did not marry Mileva Maric until she was eight months pregnant, as he debated whether to marry despite his parents' objections to Mileva. The first child, a girl, disappeared in her first year and her fate remains a mystery. An affectionate, if casual, husband early in the marriage, Einstein began to distance himself from Mileva and their two other children as his reputation grew. Finally he abandoned his family in favor of his first cousin with whom he had been carrying on an affair for much of the marriage. When Einstein immigrated to the US, Mileva stayed in Europe to raise the two boys in straitened circumstances, even though Einstein gave her his Nobel Prize money. He never saw them again. Mileva struggled with lifelong low self-esteem; the younger of her two sons suffered from severe mental illness, and for 40 years, she poured out her feelings in letters to Helene Kaufler, a close friend from college days. Kaufler's grandson Popovic presents 70 of these letters. A fascinating read. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. All levels. C. G. Wood formerly, Eastern Maine Community College

Table of Contents

A LIfelong Friendship Begins Early Troubles: Albert's Parents and the Birth of Lieserl
A Lonely Marriage Separation, Divorce, and Mileva's
Long Illness Mileva's Contribution to Albert's Science
The Friends' Declining Years
The Significance of Mileva's Letters to Helene
Gallery Letters