Loss of Eden

Loss of Eden

A Biography of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh

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Baker & Taylor
A look at the forty-five-year marriage of the Lindberghs discusses their courtship, the kidnapping and murder of their son, and their involvement in the America First movement

Book News
Milton lavishes all the sympathy and apologetics upon the Lindberghs that she previously denied the Rosenbergs in The Rosenberg File (coauthored with Ronald Radosh). Includes 16 pages of photographs. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.

Blackwell North Amer
The forty-five-year marriage of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh was one of the great love stories of the century - outlasting the traumatic kidnapping and murder of their infant child and the storm of criticism sparked by their brief involvement with the America First movement on the eve of U.S. entry into World War II.
In Loss of Eden Joyce Milton gives us the first dual biography of this fascinating, often enigmatic couple. Drawing on newly available documentary evidence as well as on her own investigative research, Milton offers us the most intimate portrait ever of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh.
Beginning with Charles's Midwestern childhood in Minnesota, and with the story of Anne's very different childhood experience as the daughter of a wealthy Eastern banking family, Loss of Eden traces Lindy's career as an aviator and Anne's as a writer. Who would have dreamed that the charming but feckless barnstormer would be the first pilot to make a transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in 1927 and become the hero of an adoring American public, a national icon? Anne learned to fly, too, and the Lindberghs' flights as a team were an important and dramatic chapter in their marriage.
Unlike previous biographies, Loss of Eden makes the 1932 kidnapping of the couple's infant son the central moment in its narrative, the event that determined the future course of the Lindberghs' lives. Joyce Milton provides startling new information about the kidnapper, Bruno Hauptmann, and about Charles's own role in the case.
Loss of Eden also illuminates for the first time Charles Lindbergh's belief in the utopian dream of air-mindedness - his faith that aviation would solve the world's problems, and encourage peace, brotherhood, and international cooperation - and his crushing disappointment when it dawned on him in 1936, during a fateful trip to Nazi Germany, that the airplane was also a weapon that would make warfare more horrifying than ever before. Joyce Milton is the first to establish a linear connection between Charles's American populist roots, his air-mindedness, and the New Age thinking to which both he and Anne were drawn during the postwar years.
In 1954 Charles published The Spirit of St. Louis, an account of his record-breaking flight that won the Pulitzer Prize for biography and revealed, for the first time in print, his preoccupation with mysticism. Anne's Gift from the Sea (1961) showed a similar turn of mind - at a time when "suburban" values of social adjustment and conformity were still in the ascendant, she was writing about solitude and contemplation. Her concern with balancing the demands of career and family life seems even more relevant today.
Joyce Milton probes beneath the surface of the pop hero Lindbergh became in 1927 to find a principled yet often aimless and troubled man, and she reveals an Anne Morrow Lindbergh not found in her voluminous diaries. Meticulously researched, wonderfully readable, filled with startling insights and revelations, Loss of Eden breaks new ground in our understanding of two complex yet poignant personalities whose lives reflect the often unsettling time in which they lived.

Publisher: New York : HarperCollinsPublishers, c1993.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060165031
Branch Call Number: 920 LINDBERGH
Characteristics: vi, 520 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.


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