The Extraordinary Mrs. R: A Friend Remembers Eleanor Roosevelt

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

Chapter 12
Friendship

I FRIENDSHIPS ARE NOURISHED through conversations,
through hospitality given and received, through spontaneous
gifts and other mutual gestures of remembrance and affection.
The friendship of William Turner Levy and Eleanor Roosevelt
grew in all these ways. One measure of their deepening rela-
tionship was Mrs. Roosevelt’s desire for greater informality in
the names they used for each other
.

AN AIR MAIL LETTER with impressive orange stamps, dated August 23, 1955, and sent from the Peninsula Hotel in Hong Kong, read, “Thank you so much for your little note. I shall look forward to hearing from you in Bangkok and to seeing you when I get home.” In longhand was added: “So far our trip has been most interesting.”

This was the first time Mrs. Roosevelt addressed me as “William” and signed a letter, “Affectionately yours.”

ONE SATURDAY AFTERNOON in autumn when I was doing research at Hyde Park, Mrs. Roosevelt drove over at five

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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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