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Unpublished Interview
ca. 1950s. Both the ribbon copy typescript and the carbon typescript of this 34-page interview with Eleanor Roosevelt, apparently by Gerald Kean, as stapled to the original typescript is a photocopied note that reads, "To Gerald Kean/ with good wishes/ Eleanor Roosevelt." The typescript is headed "Chapter Two/ Eleanor Roosevelt," as though intended for book publication. A wide-ranging interview, which begins inconsequentially with questions about fashion ("I am not a very good person to ask...") and food ("I am not really a connoisseur in food..."), and then moves on to reading, the movies and the theater; ER's childhood; Teddy Roosevelt and the Democratic/Republican split in the Roosevelt family; her very first encounters with FDR; the effects of his having polio; the beginnings of his political career; her adjustments to life in the White House; the visits of Winston Churchill, and of the King and Queen of England, and Queen Wilhelmina, and of Alexander Woolcott; the tragedies of war, and of refugees; her response to those holding opposing views from hers and FDR's; her advice for young parents on raising children in an increasingly dangerous world; the need for the United Nations, and her roles as Chair of the Human Rights Commission and later (from 1953-on) with the American Association for the UN; a prescient couple of pages on the Russians and the prospect for world peace; and, lastly, her greatest aspiration: "To be useful for as long as possible." Gerald Kean was a Director at United Nations Radio; in 1951 Kean and Pierre Crenesse put together an LP tribute to Paris with musicians and leading figures of the day, including Eleanor Roosevelt; however, as best as we can tell, this interview is unpublished. The ribbon copy typescript is fine; the carbon, being on thinner paper, is near fine. [#035147] $4,500

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