Posted by: skyward | August 9, 2008

Partnership

I’ve just bought this book (used; $4).  Titled “Hour of Gold, Hour of Lead,” it’s a collection of diaries and letters (1929-1932).  I was overjoyed when I saw it displayed.

The author is Anne Morrow Lindbergh.  In Japan, she long remained the “nameless” author of “Umi-no Okurimono” (Gift from the Sea), known merely as “Lindbergh-fujin” (“Mrs. Lindbergh” in Japanese.)  

Yes, she was a gifted and devoted writer.  One heartwarming episode I recall from a memoir by Reeve, Lindbergh’s youngest daughter: After Anne retreated to her “writing room” to work on a book project, Charles would tell their young children trying to chase their mother, “You must leave her alone.  She needs to write.  Your mother is a great writer.” 

But how many people (especially in Japan) recognize her as an accomplished aviator herself?  In 1930, for instance, Anne Morrow Lindbergh became the first American woman to earn a first-class glider pilot’s license.  Accompanying her husband on his survey flights, she, too, explored the far reaches of the sky.

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Responses

  1. Anne Lindbergh is an excellent writer.
    Gift from the Sea is my favorite.
    I haven’t had the chance to read “Hours of Gold….”; be sure to let us know what you think.
    Have a great summer.

  2. The book is a nice addition to my “Lindbergh Library”.
    Love, Daniel


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