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Writer and aviation pioneer Anne Morrow Lindbergh was married to aviator Charles Lindbergh. The couple’s child was kidnapped for ransom and murdered in 1932.
As World War II began to escalate, Anne Morrow Lindbergh, like her husband, also began to voice her opposition to America's entry into the war.
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As Charles Lindbergh began his family by marrying Anne Morrow, they tried to keep their life private despite constant interruption by the news media.
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They eventually had five more children: two daughters, Anne (who died in 1993) and Reeve, and three more sons, Jon, Land and Scot.
Morrow Lindbergh’s first book, North to the Orient, an account of one of the aerial voyages she made with her husband, became a bestseller in 1935. She went on to write more than two dozen works of prose and poetry, including five volumes of her own diaries. With Gift from the Sea, published in 1955, Morrow Lindbergh became a hero to millions of readers, especially women, for her thoughtful and lyrical meditation on the lives of women in the twentieth century. The book remained on the nonfiction bestseller list of The New York Times for a formidable 80 weeks, including 47 weeks at No. 1, and sold five million copies in hardcover and paperback during its first 20 years in print.
In the years leading up to the Second World War, Charles Lindbergh became greatly impressed by the growing power of Germany’s air force. He visited Germany numerous times, even receiving a special decoration as a pilot from Hitler’s Air Minister Hermann Goring at a state dinner in 1938. Back in the U.S., Lindbergh made a number of speeches advocating American neutrality during World War II, a stance that earned him a great deal of criticism, most notably from President Franklin D. Roosevelt, and even drew charges of anti-Semitism. Morrow Lindbergh herself was criticized for the positive views she expressed about the leadership of Germany and Italy in her controversial 1940 book The Wave of the Future.
The Lindberghs lived as quietly and privately as possible in the years following the war, keeping homes in Connecticut and on the Hawaiian island of Maui. In his later years, Charles Lindbergh became an active supporter of various environmental causes, and Anne Morrow Lindbergh continued to write. After Charles’ death of cancer in Hawaii in 1974, Morrow Lindbergh moved back to Connecticut, where she spent most of the next 25 years living in seclusion and writing and editing her own diaries for publication. Anne Morrow Lindbergh died on February 7, 2001, in her home in Passumpsic, Vermont, at the age of 94.
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