Hardcover: 240 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; First Edition edition (October 12, 2010)
In the weeks and months following the assassination of her husband, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy received over one million letters. They came from political luminaries such as Winston Churchill, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Charles De Gaulle; from Hollywood stars like Lauren Bacall, Vivian Leigh, and Gene Kelly and foreign dignitaries like Queen Elizabeth and the Prince of Monaco. Distinguished artists, writers, and well known society figures—Ezra Pound, Noel Coward, Babe Paley, Langston Hughes, Oleg Cassini, Josephine Baker—offered heartfelt condolences. “Ordinary” citizens of this country and many others wrote as well, as did children, often with the most heartbreaking sincerity.
Dear Mrs. Kennedy: More Than Just a Compendium of Letters
Dear Mrs. Kennedy uses these many voices to tell the unforgettable story of those fateful four days when the world was struck with shock and sadness, presenting a poignant time capsule and a diverse portrait not only of the aftermath of the assassination, but of the Kennedy mystique that continues to captivate the world.
During a decade of writing and publishing books about the Kennedy family, Jay Mulvaney became acquainted with the collection of condolence mail held in the JFK Library in Boston. In 2007 he had the idea to bring together a selection of the very best of these letters into a book that would illuminate both Jack and Jacqueline Kennedy. In a cruel twist of fate, Jay himself died unexpectedly shortly after signing up the book and completing an initial selection of several thousand letters. Experienced writer and book editor Paul De Angelis then took over the task of bringing Jay’s project to fruition.
Paul De Angelis served more than three decades in the book publishing business as Editor, Editorial Director, or Editor-in-Chief of such publishing companies as St. Martin’s Press and E.P. Dutton and Kodansha America. After becoming an independent editor in 1996 he founded Paul De Angelis Book Development, which assists authors, agents, publishers and organizations in turning ideas & manuscripts into books. Since 1997 Paul has edited, contributed to, and co-published the quarterly guide to the Rhinebeck-Red Hook-Hudson area of the mid-Hudson Valley, AboutTown. In the past few years his main writing and research interest has been American culture and politics in its intersection with the wider world.
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Paul De Angelis’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, November 1st: Joyfully Retired
Wednesday, November 3rd: Reviews from the Heart
Monday, November 8th: Books on the Brain
Wednesday, November 10th: Chocolate and Croissants
Thursday, November 11th: Overstuffed
Monday, November 15th: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Wednesday, November 17th: Simply Stacie
Thursday, November 18th: Rhapsody in Books
Monday, November 22nd: Bookin’ with Bingo author interview and review
Tuesday, November 23rd: Daydream Believer
Wednesday, November 24th: Rundpinne
Monday, November 29th: Mockingbird Hill Cottage