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My Dearest Angel: A Virginia Family Chronicle, 1895-1947

Lyle, Katie Letcher [Letcher, Greenlee Davidson; Letcher, Katherine Seymour Paul]

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ISBN 10: 0821414100 / ISBN 13: 9780821414101
Published by Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio, 2002
Used Condition: Good Hardcover
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xxviii, 380 p. Binding is square and tight, text is clean and unmarked. The library's mylar cover has protected the dust jacket well. A nice copy. The courtship and marriage of Greenlee Letcher and his wife Katherine stands as a portrait of a bygone way of life in the South during the first half of the twentieth century. This work provides the reader with a full sample of domestic life, family secrets, and the social history of twentieth century Virginia and the South. Bookseller Inventory # 003515

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Title: My Dearest Angel: A Virginia Family ...

Publisher: Ohio University Press, Athens, Ohio

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Edition: First Edition ("1" in number line)

Book Type: Ex-Library with usual markings

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She was the daughter of a circuit judge and state senator. He was the youngest son of Virginia's Civil War governor and was a state legislator himself at the age of nineteen. Their courtship and marriage stands as a portrait of a bygone way of life unique to the American South during the first half of the twentieth century. My Dearest Angel is their story, told through their faithful correspondence over the course of their fifty years together.
Piecing together the voluminous letters, their granddaughter, noted author Katie Letcher Lyle, has succeeded in giving us an intimate panorama of the full and oftentimes wrenching lives led by Greenlee and Katie Letcher. Interspersing the narrative of their life with extensive passages from their letters, Lyle has constructed a hybrid of conventional biography and a traditional documentary edition, allowing the reader a full sample of domestic life, family secrets, and the social history of twentieth-century Virginia and the South.
Luminaries from William Jennings Bryan to General Pershing were among the houseguests whose visits are documented in these pages, but the abiding appeal of My Dearest Angel is the maturation of a lifelong relationship built on the crest of a changing world.

About the Author:

Katie Letcher Lyle is the author of more than a dozen books. She has taught at Southern Seminary College. Hollins College, Washington and Lee University, and Randolph-Macon Woman's College. She lives with her family in Lexington, Virginia.

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