The Extraordinary Mrs. R: A Friend Remembers Eleanor Roosevelt

By William Turner Levy; Cynthia Eagle Russett | Go to book overview

Chapter 1
An Invitation to Tea

PRESIDENT KENNEDY WAS RIGHT to envy William Turner
Levy, who, in the last ten years of Eleanor Roosevelt’s life,
became one of her closest and dearest friends. They first met in
the spring of 1953. At the time William Turner Levy was a
young Episcopalian priest and faculty member in the English
department at the City College of New York, his alma mater. He
had written to Mrs. Roosevelt about his purchase of memorabilia
from the collection of the late President Roosevelt and of his
desire to learn more about some of the pieces. She, in response,
had invited him to tea. It was the beginning of a friendship that
lasted until her death
.

“WON’T YOU COME IN?” Eleanor Roosevelt said with a warm smile, raising her eyebrows delicately, and speaking in that distinctive, enthusiastic voice I had always known, but had never before heard directed to myself. She seized my hand in welcome.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page v
  • Contents ix
  • A Note to the Reader xi
  • Prologue xiii
  • Chapter 1- An Invitation to Tea 1
  • Chapter 2- Mrs. Roosevelt Comes to Dine 17
  • Chapter 3- At Home in New York City 45
  • Chapter 4- At Hyde Park 59
  • Chapter 5- First Lady of the World 91
  • Chapter 6- The World Comes to Call 105
  • Chapter 7- A Fondness for Young People 121
  • Chapter 8- Celebrations… and Memories 131
  • Chapter 9- Discovering Mrs. Roosevelt 149
  • Chapter 10- Discovering FDR 161
  • Chapter 11- Always a Democrat 199
  • Chapter 12- Friendship 217
  • Chapter 13- Saying Good-Bye 243
  • Index 251
  • About the Authors 257
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