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The Akeing Heart: Passionate attachments and their aftermath, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Valentine Ackland, Elizabeth Wade White Paperback – April 30, 2013
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About the Author
Peter Haring Judd is the author of a number of books on family history using an approach that emphasizes historical context. The Hatch and Brood of Time: Five Phelps Families in the North Atlantic World, 1730–1880 (Boston: The Newbury Street Press. 1999) received the Donald Lines Jacobus Award from the American Society of Genealogists in 2001, the leading award in the field. More Lasting than Brass: a Thread of Family from Revolutionary New York to Industrial Connecticut (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 2004) received the Grand Prize from the Society of Connecticut Genealogists. Three other of his books were honored by prizes. He holds a PhD from Columbia University an lives in New York City. www.peterhjudd.com
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There were two English ladies and two American ladies. The nephew of the last living member of the group discovered the letters, journals, photographs and drawings that are reproduced in this volume.
We are lucky to have here preserved the women's raw emotions and sharp observations on the history that was unfolding around them and on their own remarkable lives. There is the brand new passion which carries with it a stigma of social disapproval, seemingly endless joy which then turns in time to jealousy and grasping; sadness that then colors the rest of the four women's lives. Also in the letters is the sense of helplessness as more and more power is ceded to Hitler until finally war with Britain is declared. And then there are the years of blind faith in Communism on the part of the English ladies. The women in England become much poorer after the war. Through it all cats on both sides of the Atlantic act as a kind of Greek chorus and no matter what is happening books are sent as presents, gardens are planted, letters are exchanged.