Coverart for item
The Resource Franklin and Eleanor : an extraordinary marriage, Hazel Rowley

Franklin and Eleanor : an extraordinary marriage, Hazel Rowley

Label
Franklin and Eleanor : an extraordinary marriage
Title
Franklin and Eleanor
Title remainder
an extraordinary marriage
Statement of responsibility
Hazel Rowley
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Hazel Rowley describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention--private and public--that kept FDR and Eleanor together. She reveals a partnership that was both supportive and daring--a partnership that they created according to their own ambitions and needs
Tone
Writing style
Award
Australian Book Industry Awards, Biography of the Year, 2012.
Review
  • "In my view, the Roosevelts' bond was political in every sense of the word," writes Rowley, who also argues that despite the difficulties in their marriage, Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt always genuinely loved each other. And the difficulties in the marriage were many: Franklin's domineering mother; his flirtatiousness with attractive women; Eleanor's long, maddening retreats into self-righteous silence whenever she was hurt or angry. After 11 years of marriage, Eleanor offered Franklin a divorce upon discovering his affair with her social secretary, Lucy Mercer (she, not Eleanor, would be with FDR when he died). But after he was struck by polio in 1921, she tolerated Franklin's long romance with his secretary, Missy LeHand, while FDR allowed Eleanor her romantic relationships with her chauffeur, Earl Miller, and journalist Lorena Hickok. Despite Rowley's (Christina Stead) cheerleading that the cousins' conflicts brought out their courage and radicalism, and that they loved with a generosity of spirit that withstood betrayal, FDR emerges as a narcissist while Eleanor carved a spectacular life for herself out of a flawed marriage. While much of this story is familiar, the book is nonetheless an engrossing account of an unusual pairing of two extraordinary people. 8 pages of b&w illus. (Nov.) --Staff (Reviewed September 20, 2010) (Publishers Weekly, vol 257, issue 37, p)
  • Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt occupied the White House longer than any other first couple, with FDR always considered in the top triumvirate of American Presidents and ER ranking as the greatest First Lady according to the polls of experts. For those interested in the private record of these two public figures, this is the book to read. Biographer Rowley (Richard Wright ) brings her honed skills to the Roosevelt marriage. Though the narrative is familiar and the author has not uncovered new information, she empathetically presents an incisive portrait of a new kind of marriage that was as fruitful to FDR and ER in some ways as their original Victorian marriage. They broke through convention just as Teddy Roosevelt had done in politics. A leitmotif of the book is how much FDR based his career on Teddy, with the major difference that FDR was ultimately much more successful. Similarly, Rowley insists that ER was not a reluctant First Lady but carved a new role for herself. Both ER and FDR were essentially active and flexible, adapting creatively to changing political and personal crises. VERDICT Without resort to sensationalism, the author turns a familiar story into a page-turner, bringing out the nuances of this marriage and of their relationships with others around them without demeaning either FDR or ER. This is the book for readers with an interest in American Presidents.— William D. Pederson, Louisiana State Univ., Shreveport --William D. Pederson (Reviewed September 1, 2010) (Library Journal, vol 135, issue 14, p116)
  • A distinguished biographer's fresh take on the marriage of the Roosevelts, the most dynamic couple ever to occupy the White House. Scholars agree that Eleanor Roosevelt transformed the role of First Lady every bit as much as Franklin transformed the presidency. They divide, however, on the "touchy subject" of their unconventional marriage. Most see it as deeply troubled and champion one or the other partner. Rowley (TÃate-Ã -TÃate: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, 2005, etc.) declines to take sides, instead portraying the union as a courageous and radical arrangement that fulfilled the needs of each, a partnership as unprecedented as the manner in which they both served the country. By 1925, married 20 years with five surviving children, the Roosevelts were already a nontraditional union, for two reasons: Franklin's World War I affair with Eleanor's social secretary, Lucy Mercer, and his midlife affliction with infantile paralysis. From that point, notwithstanding a continuing deep respect and affection between them, they led largely independent lives, satisfying emotional needs through a series of romantic friendships that expanded the marriage into a kind of community involving colleagues, friends, employees and family. The people, with the exception of Louis Howe, FDR's longtime political advisor, rarely overlapped. Eleanor's circle included her bodyguard, a young socialist and her late-life personal doctor. She also cultivated close female companions, two Democratic Party activists with whom she lived for a time and a journalist. Rowley explores each of these relationships, acknowledges Eleanor's life on "the edge of the lesbian world," but admirably refrains from declarations for which she has no evidence. Franklin's intimates included a distant cousin, flirtations with a woman publisher and most importantly, his personal secretary, "Missy" LeHand. Intending not to idealize the marriage, the author nevertheless touches too lightly on the Roosevelts' powerful and devouring neediness. Their thoroughly undistinguished children were not least among the broken hearts and confused minds these two titans left behind. A focused account of a complex marriage that continues to fascinate.(Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2010)
Biography type
collective biography
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
371253
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Rowley, Hazel
Dewey number
  • 973.917092
  • B
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roosevelt, Franklin D.
  • Roosevelt, Eleanor
  • Presidents
  • Presidents' spouses
  • Married people
http://bibfra.me/vocab/lite/titleRemainder
an extraordinary marriage
Label
Franklin and Eleanor : an extraordinary marriage, Hazel Rowley
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cousins in love, 1902-1905 -- A Victorian marriage, March 1905-March 1913 -- Somewhat at sea, March 1913-February 1920 -- Tragedy at Campobello, June 1920-March 1922 -- The wilderness years, March 1922-November 1928 -- In the governor's mansion, November 1928-March 1933 -- Grand hotel, March 1933-November 1936 -- Embattled, January 1937-November 1940 -- "I am a bit exhausted," December 1940-March 1945 -- The Rose Garden, April 1945-November 1962
Control code
789344
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374158576
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010005678
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374158576
  • (OCoLC)528665869
Label
Franklin and Eleanor : an extraordinary marriage, Hazel Rowley
Publication
Note
Includes index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Cousins in love, 1902-1905 -- A Victorian marriage, March 1905-March 1913 -- Somewhat at sea, March 1913-February 1920 -- Tragedy at Campobello, June 1920-March 1922 -- The wilderness years, March 1922-November 1928 -- In the governor's mansion, November 1928-March 1933 -- Grand hotel, March 1933-November 1936 -- Embattled, January 1937-November 1940 -- "I am a bit exhausted," December 1940-March 1945 -- The Rose Garden, April 1945-November 1962
Control code
789344
Edition
First edition.
Extent
pages cm
Isbn
9780374158576
Isbn Type
(hardcover : alk. paper)
Lccn
2010005678
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780374158576
  • (OCoLC)528665869

Library Locations

    • Carver BranchBorrow it
      1161 Angelina St., Austin, TX, 78702, US
      30.2695584 -97.7240278
    • Central LibraryBorrow it
      710 W. Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX, 78701, US
      30.2713021 -97.7460168
    • Windsor Park BranchBorrow it
      5833 Westminster Dr., Austin, TX, 78723, US
      30.3116523 -97.6902298
Processing Feedback ...