First Edition of Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Dearly Beloved; Inscribed by her to her secretary and close friend Ruth Thompson
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow.$600.00
Item Number: 48732
New York: Harcourt, Brace and World, 1962.
First edition of the author’s classic bestselling novel. Octavo, original cloth. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author, “For Ruth with love from Anne May, 1962.” The recipient, Ruth Thompson was a close friend of Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s. Thompson was a babysitter and personal secretary for the Lindberghs in the 1940s. Near fine in a very good dust jacket.
A June wedding sets the scene for Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s bestselling novel, Dearly Beloved. The ceremony is a great moment during which the “gathered together” survey not just this couple, this occasion, but their own lives, hopes, and fears. As the family and guests follow the familiar marriage service, they are stirred to new insights—on love, on marriage, and on all the stages of development involved. For the young and eager bridesmaid and best man, marriage still lies ahead; but for the mothers of the bride and groom, and for friends and relatives, the sight of the young couple and the words of the minister evoke more troubling thoughts and deeper questions. Anne Morrow Lindbergh wisely chose the framework of a wedding as a meditation on togetherness to contrast the questions she contemplated on solitude in her bestselling classic Gift from the Sea. The novel's structure also gave her scope for her reflections—some of them autobiographical—and intuitions about the most crucial of human relationships, reflections she calls “a theme and variations.” It sold more than 100,000 copies and was on the New York Times Best Seller list for nearly 30 weeks. Kirkus Reviews wrote: "It is a sensitive—at times a tragic—book, penetrating the depths of men's and women's souls, as line after line of the service is spoken, with its meaning enlarged, heightened by the lives of the listeners. ... The composite that emerges is a many hued tapestry, almost flawless in projection and performance."