Coleman Harwell, who passed away in 1987, was the successful and respected editor of the Nashville Tennessean for many years and later publisher of the Cookeville (Tennessee) Herald and Citizen. He enlisted to serve his country overseas during World War II, even though his eyesight would have disqualified him, had he wanted to remain out of the service. Always in My Heart shares the collected wartime correspondence between Coleman, stationed in England and Italy, and his young wife, Ann, who rose to the task of parenting their young daughters in Nashville, Tennessee with grace and good humor. In reading this collection, we not only learn of the challenges that wartime brought to both those served and those who remained at home, but we observe and marvel at the deep devotion that shines through the loving letters Coleman and Ann exchanged. Ann Harwell Wells has compiled and edited her parents' letters, and has added pertinent commentary to help the reader place the letters in the historical period in which they were written.
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Ann Harwell Wells is the daughter of Coleman and Ann Harwell. She compiled and edited the World War II correspondence of her parents, now deceased, for these reasons: "Ann and Coleman Harwell wrote these letters for one another. I found them, and have edited them for a wider audience: first, for our family, which is quite large; secondly, for their friends, who are many, and perhaps most especially, for all those who value the devotion shown by a man and wife during wartime, and who will appreciate the poignance and skill and care with which they wrote."
Ann Harwell has her BA and MA from Vanderbilt University, and has done additional graduate work in education and computers studies. She studies and collects rare Tennessee maps, has owned a business dealing in rare Tennessee books and maps for 29 years, and has prepared a definitive checklist of Tennessee maps dated from 1794-1830 for the Tennessee Historical Quarterly. A former teacher and current trustee at Nashville's Ensworth School, she has also written a history of the school entitled Ensworth: The First Twenty-Five Years (1982). She serves or has served as regent, board member, or officer for many Nashville area educational, civic and community organizations. She currently lives in Nashville with her husband, Charles E. Wells, a psychiatrist and author of two books--Dear Old Man (1995) and Bonnie Ramona of Oz (1997).Review:
The letters of Colie and Ann Harwell are a marvelous reflection of a time and place now long past... -- David Halberstam, author and columnist
The letters, intimate, well-written, and ongoing, ... provide a revealing account... -- Dewey W. Grantham, professor of history, emeritus, Vanderbilt University
This book is not only a beautiful family record, but a remarkable account of World War II... -- Tom Wicker, journalist, author of Tragic Failure: Racial Integration in America and Easter Lilly: A Novel of the South
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Book Description Hillsboro Pr, 2000. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P111577361873