Anne Morrow Lindbergh Biography


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Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s diverse literary work reveals her distinctive outlook on the self, relationships, and life. As the daughter of two highly energetic, ambitious, and successful parents, she grew up in an atmosphere that was at once protective and full of the expectation for achievement; high value was placed on education, both intellectual and moral. Travel, reading and discussion in the home, and the best private schools nurtured her intellectual life and gave rise to her literary aspirations.{$S[A]Morrow Lindbergh, Anne;Lindbergh, Anne Morrow}

When Charles A. Lindbergh made his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, becoming an international hero overnight, Anne Morrow was a shy, contemplative student at Smith College. Oblivious to the whirlwind created by Lindbergh’s exploit, Morrow was focused on her own literary aspirations; she won two writing awards for her work at Smith. Their subsequent courtship is chronicled in the first of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s published diaries and letters, Bring Me a Unicorn.

Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead, the second, and perhaps most popular, volume of her published diaries and letters, covers Charles Lindbergh’s early flying days as well as the subsequent horror when the couple’s first-born son was kidnapped and murdered. To cope with the pain of her loss, Anne turned to her writing. The journal entries of this time reveal a sensitive, honest, and insightful woman’s struggle to live through her grief.

The next phase of Lindbergh’s life, documented in the diaries and letters of Locked Rooms and Open Doors, is a poignant one, for she continued to grieve for the loss of her son while also struggling against the circumstances of her life. The fame that had surrounded the Lindberghs from the beginning, bringing first annoyance and inconvenience and later tragedy, was becoming increasingly oppressive. The Lindberghs continued to go on exploratory flights together, and when they took to the air for remote parts of the world they experienced some escape from publicity. During this time, Lindbergh channeled her...

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Eisenhower, Julie Nixon. “Anne Morrow Lindbergh.” In Special People. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1977. Offers insight into Lindbergh’s marriage and transition into widowhood.

Herrmann, Dorothy. Anne Morrow Lindbergh: A Gift for Life. New York: Ticknor & Fields, 1993. A well-researched biography; however, Herrman’s conclusion that Lindbergh sacrificed her talent to be Charles Lindbergh’s “public relations woman” reflects a shallow misunderstanding of the woman and the writer.

Hertog, Susan. Anne Morrow Lindbergh: Her Life. New York: Nan A. Talese, 1999. A portrait of Lindbergh as wife, mother, aviator, and author. Hertog drew on five years of exclusive interviews with her subject as well as on diaries, letters, and other documents.

Lindbergh, Reeve. No More Words: A Journal of My Mother, Anne Morrow Lindbergh. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2001. Reeve’s memoir records the physical decline and dementia of her mother.

Milton, Joyce. Loss of Eden: A Biography of Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins, 1993. Focuses more on Charles Lindbergh than on Anne Morrow and places the kidnapping of their son at the center of the narrative, claiming this event shaped the rest of their lives.

Saint-Exupery, Antoine de. “A Fertile Anguish.” In A Sense of Life. Translated by Adrienne Foulke. New York: Funk & Wagnalls, 1965. Originally published in 1939 as the introduction to the French edition of Lindbergh’s Listen! The Wind, this work is among the most perceptive analyses of Lindbergh’s work.

Vaughn, David Kirk. Anne Morrow Lindbergh. Boston: Twayne, 1988. Focuses on the artistic expression that grew out of Charles Lindbergh’s aerial exploration.