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A Bully Father
     

A Bully Father

by Joan Patterson Kerr, Theodore Roosevelt
 

The Roosevelt family, with its rambunctious father and six children, invaded and occupied the White House as no other family has since. Roosevelt was a wonderful father, writing to his children, guiding them, playing with them and loving them as do only the best fathers. Long out of print, these personal letters are warm, wonderfully wise and witty—the best

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The Roosevelt family, with its rambunctious father and six children, invaded and occupied the White House as no other family has since. Roosevelt was a wonderful father, writing to his children, guiding them, playing with them and loving them as do only the best fathers. Long out of print, these personal letters are warm, wonderfully wise and witty—the best things Teddy Roosevelt ever wrote. Photos.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
McCullough's introduction and Kerr's family chronicle set the stage for this wonderful collection of letters-an instant bestseller in 1919-that reveals how seriously yet lightheartedly Theodore Roosevelt took his role as father of six lively children. Written between 1898 and 1911, the letters begin with a letter to the ``Blessed Bunnies'' as he's about to embark on a military expedition to Cuba and end with a letter complaining about a hat the children ``forced'' him to buy. In between: letters to the children on such matters as the construction of the Panama Canal, mental telepathy, hunting trips, family pets, Charles Dickens (``an illnatured, selfish cad and boor, who had no understanding of what the word gentleman meant'') and one hilarious letter about the president grappling with a Japanese wrestler in the White House. These examples are not exactly typical, however, for each letter is delightfully different, addressed not so much to a child as to a beloved individual regarded as an equal. The volume includes 40 photos of the family at play. Kerr co-edited The Romantic Egoists. (Oct.)
Library Journal
Edited by Kerr (Dictionary of Australian Artists, Sketchers, Photographers, and Engravers, Oxford Univ. Pr., 1993), these family letters of Theodore Roosevelt were a great success when originally published at the time of his death. The first third of the book is Kerr's history of the Roosevelt family, a charming story in which each of the children emerges with a distinct personality. Kerr's style reflects the family's verve and life, but it is also rather twee; the reader will encounter groaners like littlest. As for the letters, Teddy Roosevelt aficionados will enjoy them; the bulk are either descriptions of his travels or counsels to this children when they were away at school. Although this is an attractive package, its audience is probably too limited to make it more than an optional purchase for most libraries.-Fritz Buckallew, Univ. of Central Oklahoma Lib., Edmond
Booknews
Theodore Roosevelt's letters have always been considered not only of a high literary merit but also a window into the personality behind the public persona. Here are his letters, with the drawings, to his six children between 1898 when he wrote from Cuba through their years at the White House to 1911. Also includes essays on the family and quite a collection of photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780679439486
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/17/1995
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
6.49(w) x 9.56(h) x 1.15(d)

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