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Hour Of Gold, Hour Of Lead: Diaries And Letters Of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1929-1932 1st Edition

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About the Author

Anne Lindbergh, the daughter of Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh and sister of Reeve Lindbergh, grew up in a house filled with books and was encouraged in her writing of stories and poems at an early age. The author of numerous acclaimed novels for young readers, Anne Lindbergh died in 1993. She will long be remembered as, in the words of PUBLISHERS WEEKLY, a writer "of literary grace and a mesmerizing storyteller."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (March 12, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156421836
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156421836
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #950,946 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on February 8, 2001
Format: Paperback
I had read of the Lindberghs and of the famous kidnapping before reading this book, but wasn't prepared for the poignant and honest writing by Anne. To read about her life as a newlywed who flew with her husband in the early days of aviation was enthralling, and to read of their problems being pursued and photographed reminded me of Princess Diana being hounded by the paparazzi. The Lindberghs were pioneers in aviation, and were public figures without wishing to be ... how sad that their first child was stolen and then found dead. I was moved to tears reading Anne's descriptions of her son while mourning him; I can't imagine living through such a horrible experience. Her writing is true and beautiful and honest ... a rare treasure.
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This is one of the most wonderful books I've ever read. Being only 23 years old the kidnapping of the Lindbergh baby was before my time however, this story is timeless. Beautifully written complete with diary entries and family pictures. This book is a true literary classic to be enjoyed by every generation. An honest journey into the heart of a young girl, wife and mother.
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If there was any "flaw" in AML's life it is that she was so often, and consistently, overshadowed by her famous spouse. An intensely private person (today's celebrities could learn a lesson or six from the Lindbergh's ability to retreat into almost complete anonymity as relates to their family), I believe that one of her greatest gifts was agreeing to release these very poignant, private thoughts to the public.

I truly believe that her diaries and letters of 1932 on could be a primer on grieving and hope and pray it has been adopted as such among those who need it - even as I hope and pray I never do. Her writing is so poignant and personal that I found myself (arrogantly) "mourning" along with her and could not shake the feeling long after I had closed the book. As a parent I tiptoe around the notion of harm to my children with that impenetrable "nothing could happen to us" mantra that I have to believe. The experience of the Lindbergh's - and her reactions to it in diaries and letters - reminds us that none of us is safe. For that reason I both highly recommend - and add appropriate caution - to reading this book. People who are very sensitive and empathetic or at a hard point in their lives may be both bolstered, and grief-stricken, by some of the content. (It may be helpful to have her later publications close at hand to remind oneself that, taken as a whole, she did survive what would seem to be this unbearable loss).

The book, far from seeming "dated" (the entries closing in on being 80 years old!) are as moving today as ever. I believe you could give a modern reader with no "background" these entries and he/she would not immediately gather that they were written so long ago.
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh is one of the giants of literature. Few writers of the twentieth century reach the heights of this woman in the pure excellence of her penned words. Writing is an outer expression of inner thoughts and Anne Morrow Lindbergh excels at this skill. And of course we don't write letters anymore and that is to be regretted. To pick up this book and share with the author her innermost thoughts is to spend time with a good friend before a warm cozy fire. This book is highly recommended. You will not find the likes of it again anytime soon.
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Anne Morrow Lindbergh was born Anne Spencer Morrow on June 22, 1906, at Englewood, NJ, the daughter of Dwight Whitney Morrow, a United States ambassador and Republican Senator from New Jersey, and his wife, Elizabeth Reeve Cutter Morrow, an author and teacher. She married famed aviator Charles A. Lindbergh in a private ceremony on May 27, 1929, at the home of her parents. Their first child, Charles Jr, was born on Anne's 24th birthday, June 22, 1930. These things constituted her “hour of gold.” However, the child was kidnapped at twenty months of age from their home in East Amwell, NJ, outside of Hopewell, on March 1, 1932, and the baby's body was discovered the following May 12. This, of course, was her “hour of lead.” It was somewhat softened by the birth of their second child later that year and her sister Elizabeth’s wedding..

Mrs. Lindbergh put together some six books containing her letters and private diary entries. Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead is the second. There are a few references to drinking wine and beer, and the “d” and “h” words appear once each. It is a fascinating account of historically important events and is filled with photographs of the Lindbergh and Morrow families. Reading about a person’s life solely through letters and diary entries has its drawbacks, but one also gains insights that are simply not available from the standard third-person biography. The first of the series was Bring Me a Unicorn (1922-1928). The subsequent volumes are Locked Rooms and Open Doors (1933-1935); The Flower and the Nettle (1936-1939); War Within and Without (1939-1944); and Against Wind and Tide (1947-1986). Anne Morrow Lindbergh died at the age of 94 at the Vermont farm of her daughter Reeve from a stroke on February 7, 2001.
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