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United States: Essays 1952-1992 - "Eleanor Roosevelt" (1971) Summary & Analysis

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Discovering Eleanor Roosevelt arranging a dozen gladiolas in her toilet bowl is just one of the special insights Vidal brings to the American scene. In this essay, as in others, Vidal demonstrates how his family and political connections give him an inside track on "our rulers," as he calls them, in their moments of greatness as well as their moments of embarrassed domesticity. The scene with the gladiolas occurred when, summoned by Mrs. Roosevelt to her home at Hyde Park, Vidal wandered into an empty house and into a political and personal acquaintance that nurtured a real admiration for the former First Lady.

Finding her "remarkably candid about herself and others," Vidal scribbled notes to recall the confidences that revealed to him special truths. So when Eleanor and Franklin, written by Joseph Lash, was published...

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