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Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage – Hazel Rowley

When I read of the recent untimely death of biographer Hazel Rowley at age 59, I looked for her most recent book – Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage.

I am next on the list at the library and look forward to reading about (from the NY Times)…

…”a long, vital and somewhat unorthodox partnership.  Here, too, there were longstanding indications of affairs by both partners, including his with Mrs. Roosevelt’s former social secretary, Lucy Mercer, and hers with the political journalist, Lorena Hickok…”

– Historical information and salacious tidbits…

Another Rowley biography that sounds tempting to read: Tête à tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre – also on my list.

6 thoughts on “Franklin and Eleanor: An Extraordinary Marriage – Hazel Rowley

  1. Just finished the Roosevelt’s story – it is a wonderful book about fascinating people living extraordinary lives. Hazel’s writing is perfect, the pace of the book kept me enthralled, absolutely couldn’t put it down. So sad the she’s passed away, great author.

    I am about to start on Eleanor Roosevelt’s own book – You Learn By Living – I’m finding it even more interesting having read Hazel’s book.

    • I enjoyed it too, and found some of Rowley’s other biographies that look good, but haven’t read them yet. I will look for Eleanor Roosevelt’s story – thanks for the tip.

  2. Sounds fascinating. My mother was always reading biographies of all sorts of people. I’m more of a fiction reader myself, but the Roosevelts (especially Eleanor) sound very interesting.

    • I dip into biographies now and then, especially when they tell a story. Schiff’s Cleopatra was one of my recent favorites.

  3. I would like to read this one. Another book with a lot about the Franklin-Eleanor marriage is Doris Kearns Goodwin’s No Ordinary Time, which covers the war years.

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