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The Three Graces: Eleanor Roosevelt and Her Friends

Emily Herring Wilson


The Three Graces of Val-Kill changes the way we think about Eleanor Roosevelt. Emily Wilson examines what she calls the most formative period in Roosevelt's life, from 1922 to 1936, when she cultivated an intimate friendship with Marion Dickerman and Nancy Cook, who helped her build a cottage on the Val-Kill Creek in Hyde Park on the Roosevelt family land. In the early years, the three women--the "three graces," as Franklin Delano Roosevelt called them--were nearly inseparable and forged a female-centered community for each other, for family, and for New York's progressive women. Examining thi ... More

Keywords: Eleanor Roosevelt, Marion Dickerman, Nancy Cook, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Val-Kill, Female-centered community, Progressive women

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9781469635835
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469635835.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Emily Herring Wilson, author