CRRL Picks - Great Lives 2014 - Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Annotation:Biographical approaches to history and culture. All lectures are open to the public free of charge; no tickets are required. Programs begin at 7:30 p.m. in Dodd Auditorium in George Washington Hall.
Annotation:The world knew Charles Lindbergh as a daring aviator, Pulitzer Prize-winning author, and controversial isolationist in World War II; his wife, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, was also famous, the author of the bestselling "Gift from the Sea" and other books. But Reeve Lindbergh knew them as Father and Mother. Their celebrity status and the tragedy of their first child shadowed the Lindbergh family in ways that were often mysterious to the five surviving children. In this moving, deeply affecting memoir, the youngest of the children describes what it was like to grow up as a Lindbergh.
Annotation:Few people know that Anne Morrow Lindbergh was an accomplished and innovative pilot in her own right. In fact, she was one of the defining figures of American aviation, a bright and adventurous woman who helped to pioneer air routes, traveled around the world, and came to be adored by the American public.
Annotation:A fast-paced, dynamic account of the race to cross the Atlantic, and the larger-than-life personalities of the aviators who captured the world’s attention in 1919, a prize of $25,000 was offered to the first aviator to cross the Atlantic in either direction between France and America.
Annotation:For seventy-five years the kidnapping and murder of Charles Lindbergh’s infant son has gone unsolved. Inspired by his father’s relationship with the actual accomplices -- including the mastermind -- he [Zorn] presents the clearest ever picture of a criminal partnership, which would shake every class and culture of American society.
Annotation:Charles Lindbergh’s flight from New York to Paris ushered in America’s age of commercial aviation. Thomas Kessner takes a fresh look at one of America’s greatest moments, explaining how what was essentially a publicity stunt became a turning point in history.
Annotation:Anne Morrow Lindbergh writes of the early years of her marriage to Charles Lindbergh, their pioneering flying adventures, and the tragic kidnapping of their first child.
Annotation:This oddest of couples--one a brilliant Noble Prize-winning surgeon turned social engineer, the other a failed dirt farmer turned hero of the skies--joined forces in 1930 driven by a shared and secret dream: to conquer death and attain immortality.
Annotation:From the moment he landed in Paris on May 21, 1927, Lindbergh found himself thrust on an odyssey for which he was ill-prepared--becoming the first modern media superstar, deified and demonized many times over in a single lifetime.
Annotation:All was well for Charles Lindbergh, after his daring solo crossing of the Atlantic. Fame and fortune came quickly. Soon after the Lindbergh’s build themselves their dream home far from the madding crowd, tragedy strikes--their baby is abducted. (graphic novel)
Annotation:Their love prevailed against a horrifying kidnapping and murder splashed throughout the media, their careers, and even the criticism they underwent following their involvement in the America First movement as the U.S. entered World War II. Thoroughly researched, Milton exposes a new understanding and view into the personalities and lives of both Charles, Anne, and the time they lived in.
Annotation:In 1999 Anne Morrow Lindbergh, the famed aviator and author, moved from her home in Connecticut to the farm in Vermont where her daughter, Reeve, and Reeve’s family live. Anyone who has had to care for an elderly parent disabled by Alzheimer’s or stroke will understand immediately the heartache and anguish Reeve suffered and will find comfort in her story.
Annotation:Traces the crisis period leading up to America’s entry into World War ll, describing the nation’s polarized interventionist and isolationist factions as represented by the government, in the press, and on the streets.
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Tuesday, April 22 at 7:30 p.m., Reeve Lindbergh, daughter of Charles & Anne Morrow Lindbergh and author of “Under a Wing: A Memoir,” will discuss her famous family in UMW’s Dodd Auditorium.