• ISBN: (Paperback)9780522861372
  • PUBLISHED:01/Feb/2011
  • IMPRINT:Melbourne University Press
  • SUBJECT:Biography

Franklin And Eleanor

Hazel Rowley

  • Paperback $24.99

An Extraordinary Marriage

This groundbreaking new account describes the remarkable courage and lack of convention that kept FDR and Eleanor together.

Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt's marriage is one of the most celebrated and scrutinised partnerships in presidential history. It raised eyebrows in their lifetimes and has only become more controversial since their deaths. From FDR's lifelong romance with Lucy Mercer, to Eleanor's purported lesbianism—and many scandals in between—the public has never tired of speculating about the ties that bound these two headstrong individuals. Some claim that Eleanor sacrificed her personal happiness to accommodate FDR's needs; others claim that the marriage was nothing more than a gracious façade for political convenience. No one has told the full story until now.In this groundbreaking new account of the marriage, 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. In this dramatic and vivid narrative, set against the great upheavals of the Depression and World War II, Rowley paints a portrait of a tender lifelong companionship, born of mutual admiration and compassion. Most of all, she depicts a bold and radical partnership that has made Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt go down in history as one of the most inspiring and fascinating couples of all time.

About the author

Hazel Rowley was born in London and was educated in England and Australia. She is the author of three previous biographies: Christina Stead: A Biography, a New York Times Best Book; Richard Wright: The Life and Times, a Washington Post Best Book; and Tête-à-Tête: Simone de Beauvoir and Jean-Paul Sartre, which has been translated into twelve languages. Rowley lived in New York City until her death in 2011.

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