ELLIOTT AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: THE STORY OF A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER IN THE GILDED AGE

 

The Franklin D. Roosevelt 
Presidential Library and Museum
presents an author talk 
and book signing with
Geraldine Hawkins, author of
ELLIOTT AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT:
THE STORY OF A FATHER AND HIS 
DAUGHTER IN THE GILDED AGE
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
Henry A. Wallace Center at the
FDR Presidential Library and Home
HYDE PARK, NY — The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum is pleased to present an author talk and book signing with Geraldine Hawkins, author of
ELLIOTT AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT: THE STORY OF A FATHER AND HIS DAUGHTER IN THE GILDED AGE. The program will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 9, 2017 in the Henry A. Wallace Center at the FDR Presidential Library and Home. Following the presentation, Hawkins will be available to sign copies of her book. This event is free and open to the public.
ELLIOTT AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT is the first full-length biography detailing the tragic life of Elliott Roosevelt, the black sheep of America’s most famous family. Elliott was by all accounts as charming and charismatic as any member of that charming and charismatic family, including his famously gregarious godson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt. As an adolescent Elliott was the protector of his older brother, the then-sickly Theodore Roosevelt, and as a teenager and young man in his early twenties he roamed the American West when the west was still wild and went off on his own for an extended safari hunting big game in India.
A strong social conscience instilled by his father stayed with Elliott all his life, and he passed that compassion for the downtrodden on to his daughter, Eleanor Roosevelt. He was intelligent, handsome, wealthy, beloved by all, and he married one of the most beautiful women in New York society. Ten months later their first child, Eleanor, was born. It would seem that Elliott Roosevelt had the perfect life. Ten years after that, Elliott was dead following a fall from a window that might have been a suicide attempt, leaving Eleanor an orphan at age ten. Elliott had become a hardcore alcoholic, battled drug addiction, had a series of mistresses and fathered a child with one of them, and had become an outcast and pariah who was allowed no more than brief, sporadic visits with his wife and children.
What happened to this young man of such remarkable potential who shared many of the finer qualities of his brother Theodore and his godson Franklin? And what effect did he have on his beloved daughter Eleanor, who cherished his memory all of her life as she went on to become one of the legendary women of the twentieth century, the “First Lady of the World,” as Harry Truman called her? ELLIOTT AND ELEANOR ROOSEVELT is a tragic story whose darkness is redeemed by the love of a broken father for his daughter, and by her enduring love for him.
Geraldine Hawkins has served as an historical interpreter at the Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site, Eleanor Roosevelt’s Val-Kill, and the Vanderbilt Mansion (all in Hyde Park, New York); Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace, the Statue of Liberty, and the African Burial Ground National Monument in New York City; and at John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Massachusetts. She makes her home in New York City.
Copies of Hawkins’s book will be available for sale after the talk. Please contact Cliff Laube at (845) 486-7745 or email clifford.laube@nara.gov with questions about the event.

 

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