Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane: Forty Years of Friendship Letters, 1921-1960
Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane Forty Years of Friendship Letters 1921-1960 Author:Dorothy Thompson, Rose Wilder Lane The friendship between Dorothy Thompson and Rose Wilder Lane began in 1920 in the publicity office of the American Red Cross in Paris and continued until Thompson's death in 1961. Although both women are today remembered primarily for their connections with others - Thompson as the wife of Sinclair Lewis and Lane as the daughter of Laura Ingalls... more » Wilder, author of the "Little House" books - each can be regarded as remarkable in her own right. Both women are described as having had a vital engagement with life that led them in fearless pursuit of experience. In 1939, Thompson appeared on the cover of "Time", which judged her second only to Eleanor Roosevelt among the influential women of the day. Typical of Lane were her travels through the mountains of Albania, the deserts of Syria and Soviet Georgia in the 1920s and her visit as a journalist to Vietnam in 1965 at the age of 78. The correspondence of these two women reveals their personal concerns, social ideas and political/economic philosophies and how they changed over time. Their letters tell the story of the first generation of women to come of age during the 20th century, as they tried to cope with problems that still face women today.« less
Written between the early 1920's to 1960 (with some gaps in the years, due to gaps in their friendship), the letters exchanged between these two intelligent, creative women are really a treat. I was lucky enough to be able to borrow a copy from the New York State Public Library system, and now I want my own copy. Rose Wilder Lane is, in my opinion, a greatly neglected and unjustly forgotten writer. Her thoughts about careers, marriage and about life in general were original and far ahead of her time. Dorothy is a little less original, but a little more intellectually balanced, somehow. In any case, I recommend this collection highly.