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Someone to Watch Over Me : A Portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt and the Tortured Father Who Shaped Her Life
by Eric Burns


Overview - Elliott was the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, and he was as winsome and charming as Theodore was blustery and competitive. Though the two maintained a healthy rivalry in their youth, Elliott would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Elliott was the brother of Theodore Roosevelt, and he was as winsome and charming as Theodore was blustery and competitive. Though the two maintained a healthy rivalry in their youth, Elliott would eventually succumb to alcoholism and would be exiled to the Virginia countryside. But he kept up a close correspondence with his daughter, Eleanor, who treasured his letters and would read them nightly for her entire life for guidance, inspiration, and love As he did in the critically acclaimedThe Golden Lad, Eric Burns' insightful and lucid prose reveals new facets to the lives of these pillars of American history.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781681773285
  • ISBN-10: 1681773287
  • Publisher: Pegasus Books
  • Publish Date: March 2017
  • Page Count: 304
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds


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Books > Biography & Autobiography > Women
Books > Biography & Autobiography > Presidents & Heads of State
Books > History > United States - 20th Century

 
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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2017-01-30
  • Reviewer: Staff

In his second biography about the Roosevelt family, Burns (A Golden Lad) focuses on the beautiful yet tragic relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Elliott Bulloch Roosevelt, her father and the charming younger brother of Theodore Roosevelt. Elliott and his wife, Anna Rebecca Ludlow Hall, were a well-known and attractive couple. Eleanor was a disappointment to her mother, but to Elliott she was a miracle from heaven. Where Anna was cold and indifferent toward Eleanor, Elliott was warm and loving, introducing Eleanor at an early age to the charity work that would serve her well into her final days. Unfortunately, Elliott was absent for most of Eleanors childhood. He drank heavily, suffered from severe seizures that may have been the result of his drinking, and was addicted to morphine and laudanum. Burns chronicles several failed attempts to send Elliott into rehab, a string of extramarital affairs, and an illegitimate son; eventually Theodore exiled Elliott to Virginia. Elliott and Eleanor constantly wrote to each other, and though Elliott died when Eleanor was only 10 years old, she kept their letters for the rest of her life. Burnss work is captivating, suspenseful, and heartbreaking; this is how biographies should be written. Agent: Linda Konner, Linda Konner Literary. (Mar.)

 
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