My Day: The Best of Eleanor Roosevelt's Acclaimed Newspaper Columns, 1936-1962 (Paperback)
Recently named "Woman of the Century" in a survey conducted by the National Women's Hall of Fame, Eleanor Roosevelt wrote her hugely popular syndicated column "My Day" for over a quarter of that century, from 1936 to 1962. This collection brings together for the first time in a single volume the most memorable of those columns, written with singular wit, elegance, compassion, and insight--everything from her personal perspectives on the New Deal and World War II to the painstaking diplomacy required of her as chair of the United Nations Committee on Human Rights after the war to the joys of gardening at her beloved Hyde Park home. To quote Arthur Schlesinger, Jr., "What a remarkable woman she was These sprightly and touching selections from Eleanor Roosevelt's famous column evoke an extraordinary personality.
About the Author
Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician and humanitarian, and, as the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, is recognized as the longest-serving first lady of the United States (1933-1945.) Born into the prominent Roosevelt family, Eleanor was raised in privilege by her grandmother following the death of her parents. Educated overseas, Roosevelt returned home to the United States and married her fifth cousin once removed, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in 1905. Influenced by her husband s success in politics, Roosevelt made regular public appearances and held her own press conferences while first lady.
Following Franklin s death in 1945, Roosevelt remained active in politics, and became one of the first delegates to the United Nations, as well as participating in the UN Commission on Human Rights and in John F. Kennedy s Presidential Commission on the Status of Women. She also penned numerous memoirs and articles, including the autobiographies This Is My Story, This I Remember, and On My Own. Eleanor Roosevelt died in 1962 at the age of 78. Roosevelt, along with her husband Franklin Delano and uncle Theodore, is the subject of the 2014 Ken Burns documentary The Roosevelts: An Intimate History.
David Emblidge has hiked sections of the Appalachian trail in seven states as well as other trails in North America and Europe. He writes and edits books on literary, historical, and outdoor recreation subjects. His own work has appeared in The New Republic, MD, Saturday Review, The Boston Globe,
The New York Times, and The Berkshire Eagle. He serves on the board of directors of the Massachusetts Audubon Society (Berkshire Sanctuaries) and was a director of the Berkshire County Historical Society.