Anne Spencer <I>Morrow</I> Lindbergh


Anne Spencer Morrow Lindbergh Famous memorial

Englewood, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 7 Feb 2001 (aged 94)
Passumpsic, Caledonia County, Vermont, USA
Burial Cremated, Ashes scattered
Memorial ID 22876 View Source

Author, Poet. She was the wife of famed aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh. Born in Englewood, New Jersey, her father was Dwight Whitney Morrow, an American diplomat and United States Senator. In 1927, her father was the American Ambassador to Mexico when Charles Lindbergh made his famous solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Ambassador Morrow then wrote Lindbergh, inviting him to make a good will tour of Mexico and South America, which Lindbergh accepted. He met Anne Spencer Morrow for the first time in Mexico City, and he would later state that he was impressed by her quick mind and fearlessness. Their courtship soon became internationally celebrated. After their marriage, Charles taught her how to fly, and she would accompany him on many of his journeys as a licensed pilot. Her traveling experiences furnished material for her first books, "North to the Orient" (1935) and "Listen! The Wind" (1938). In 1932, her first-born child, Charles Jr, was kidnapped and murdered, despite payment of $70,000 in ransom. A German immigrant, Bruno Richard Hauptmann, was eventually convicted of the kidnapping and murder, and the resultant "Trial of the Century" led to the enactment of the "Lindbergh Law" which made crossing state lines for purposes of kidnapping a federal felony. In 1935, to escape the unrelenting tabloid press, the Lindberghs moved temporarily to Europe, to return four years later. For years later, she would be tortured by guilt over the loss of her first child, and was on the brink of a nervous breakdown. Keeping detailed journals that she would write in almost every day helped Anne keep going during this traumatic period in her life. During the 1950s and 1960s, she produced a number of significant writings, including "Gift From the Sea" (1955, a collection of eight essays about the meaning of a woman's life), "The Unicorn and Other Poems" (1956), "Dearly Beloved" (1962), and "Earth Shine" (1969). Some critics considered her writing as overly sentimental, but others defended it as sensitive and deeply felt. She would write 13 books, numerous essays and poems. A detailed sensitive biography, "Anne Morrow Lindbergh", by Susan Hertog, details her life, trials, and accomplishments.

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