LINDBERGH, ANNE MORROW

Revealing Anne Morrow Lindbergh Typed Letter Signed About Her Husband Charles

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh on Her Husband Charles:

“He was always at his best when he focused [sic.] on a particular piece of work”

 

LINDBERGH, ANNE MORROW. (1906-2001). American writer and aviatrix; wife of Charles Lindbergh. TLS. (“Anne”). 1p. 4to. Darien, January 17, 1980. On her personal stationery to New York Times journalist ALDEN WHITMAN (1913-1990), who accompanied Charles Lindbergh on several trips to the Philippines in 1969‑1970.

 

It was very good of you to write me so honestly about your decision not to continue with the book on Charles. I had heard from Bill that you had not been well and could not carry on with this project. I felt sad both about your being ill and about the lapse of the project. I did not want to write you myself until I learned more about the decision and your health. In a sense, your letter was a relief in that you do not sound in bad health, and as if you were still writing. I am sorry, of course, that you cannot finish the book because I felt you had a very special chance to see Charles in a field in which he was most deeply interested. He was always at his best when he focused [sic.] on a particular piece of work. The paragraph in your letter which describes the balanced position he took in the conservation field adds to my chagrin that you won’t be developing this thesis. However, if anyone carries on your work and material that you have so generously placed at the disposition of Bill Jovanovich, the writer and our family will be extremely grateful to you. Your work and your insights will not be wasted, and certainly should be given credit. Please don’t feel badly about an overdue letter – my life is full of them! I do very much appreciate the effort and thought that you have put into this project and the sympathy with which you have approached it. I am glad you are evidently still working at other things, and I want to express my admiration for your courage and ability which Charles also witnessed and spoke to me about…”

 

It was in Mexico, on a trip made shortly after his historic transatlantic flight, that Charles A. Lindbergh (1902‑1974) met and courted Anne, the daughter of American ambassador Dwight Morrow, whom he married on May 27, 1929. Anne served as her husband’s navigator and co‑pilot on many flights and authored the critically‑acclaimed North to the Orient which recounts the couple’s perilous Great Circle flight. Listen, the Wind! chronicled their Atlantic flight across Bermuda and the Azores, her best-selling Gift From the Sea, and five volumes of letters and diaries including the years 1922 through 1944. Anne’s aviation experiences not only provided inspiration for her writing, but also won her the 1934 Hubbard Medal for her work as a co‑pilot and radio operator accompanying Lindbergh on a 40,000 mile flight over five continents – the first woman to be so honored. After the 1932 kidnapping and death of their first son, the Lindberghs lived in Europe for several years to avoid the public eye. Anne’s aversion to publicity was well‑known and, despite the couple’s protests, “the press and public engulfed the Lindberghs whenever they appeared in public,” (Charles A. Lindbergh: Lone Eagle, Hixson). Unfortunately, “the couple failed to understand that their avoidance of the press only made its representatives devise ways to become even more intrusive,” (ibid.).

 

In his later years, Lindbergh devoted himself to environmental causes, supporting PANAMIN, the Private Association for National Minorities, an organization which sought to preserve indigenous cultures from encroaching development and industrialism. In 1968, Lindbergh took a tour of settlements of primitive tribes, and the following year he and Whitman lived among the tribes to generate support on their behalf. Over the years, Lindbergh, sometimes accompanied by Anne, made many visits to the Philippines, as “the country was one great laboratory for Lindbergh, where the laws of human nature could be tested” (Lindbergh, Berg). In 1968, he flew to Indonesia and Borneo, lobbying presidents Sukharno and Marcos, respectively, to help protect the endangered Javan rhinoceros and the wild buffalo, the tamaru. In 1971, Lindbergh went to live among the Tasaday in the Filipino jungles and compared the exhilaration brought by this unique experience to that of his historic flight.

 

Whitman pioneered the art of personalized obituaries, interviewing notable subjects about their lives before their deaths. “He conducted the interviews as informal talks in which he could poke his questions unobtrusively and concentrate on observing the distinctive manner, attitude, point of view and personality of a subject and to encourage sometimes unexpected revelations,” (“Obituary; Alden Whitman Is Dead at 76; Made an Art of Times Obituaries,” The New York Times, 1990). Whitman’s rare interview with Anne, entitled “Life with Lindy,” was published in the May 8, 1977 issue of The New York Times.

 

Although a number of books had been written about Lindbergh, their authors lacked access to Lindbergh’s papers and family, and, therefore, they contained numerous errors. Finally, in 1990, biographer M. Scott Berg gained Anne’s trust and, with access to Lindbergh’s vast archive of notes, diaries and annotated and corrected biographies, published the definitive 1998 biography Lindbergh, which was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Our letter, written a decade before Berg’s work began, discusses Anne’s desire to find a sympathetic biographer for her husband and mentions publisher William Jovanovich who penned an introduction to Lindbergh’s The Wartime Journals of Charles A. Lindbergh.

 

Written from her seaside cottage, Tellina, where she penned many of her books and which was a favorite retreat of both Anne and Charles. In excellent condition.

 

Item #10899


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