Form and Content
Following the kidnapping and death of their twenty-month-old child, Anne Morrow Lindbergh and her husband, Charles, could find no relief from reporters. The couple had always been besieged by the press because of Charles’s great success in aviation, but the tragedy of their young son made any sort of life away from public eyes impossible. For this reason, Anne and Charles decided to move across the Atlantic to a remote home in England. From that home, Long Barn, and from their stone house, Illiec, on a small island off the northern coast of Brittany, she wrote the letters and diary entries that would later be published in The Flower and the Nettle: Diaries and Letters of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, 1936-1939. This chronological collection gives insights into Lindbergh’s personal relationships, love of nature, travels to foreign countries, and perspectives on women’s roles.
These letters and diary entries explore the relationships that Lindbergh had with her family and with the many famous persons whom she encountered socially as a result of her husband’s career. Much is written about her joyous moments with her children, Jon and Land, and about the trips and activities that she shared with her husband. Her letters reveal an open communication with her mother and her sisters. Diary entries describe balls with the king and queen of England, gatherings with political dignitaries, and casual moments with neighbors and visiting relatives. People...
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