East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

East to the Dawn: The Life of Amelia Earhart

Susan Butler

Language: English

Pages: 520

ISBN: 030681837X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) captured the hearts of America after becoming the first woman to fly across the Atlantic in 1928. Nine years later, her disappearance on an around-the-world flight brought her extraordinary life to an abrupt and mysterious end.

Based on a decade of archival research through Earhart's letters, journals, and diaries, and drawing on interviews with the aviator's friends and relatives, East to the Dawn provides the most authoritative and richly textured account of both Earhart's record-setting aviation career and her personal life: her early years with her grandparents, her experiences as a nurse and social worker, her famous marriage to publisher George Putnam, and her secret affair with Gene Vidal, head of the Bureau of Air Commerce. As the Los Angeles Times raved, East to the Dawn is a "fully realized portrait of a truly remarkable woman."













place, the Martha Washington Hotel in New York City, dating from 1904, the first hotel to open its doors solely to women. It was so strait-laced, no males were allowed on the staff: no male bellhops, no doorman; everything was done by women. The suffrage pioneers stayed there. Next, in New York, came the Barbizon and the Panhellenic, elaborate club hotels offering a wholesome environment in addition to rooms. They screened their clientele, made them fill out detailed forms, and actually asked

towel: she quit and on October 19 sailed for Europe on the RMS Berengaria. Helen Weber, who had been performing many of the secretarial duties—while Lucy concentrated on flowers, Amelia’s clothes, and the books—moved in to fill her place. It would be several months before Lucy returned. Amelia and Eleanor Roosevelt had first met at a curiously low point in the latter’s life, the end of November 1932. The euphoria of Franklin Roosevelt’s election to the presidency earlier that month had worn

landscape, observed Amelia, “endless trees on an endless plain.” She began thinking of the long flight facing them over water. Their parachutes would be useless, she decided, and arranged for them to be shipped back to the United States. A telegram from Jean Batten, Australia’s top flier, was waiting for her; Amelia hoped finally to meet her, but because of time constraints it couldn’t be arranged. She also received a query from the Australian government direction finding wireless station. They

she grew older; her love for animals never left her. She never forgot Nellie, who died as a result of mistreatment. In the 1930s she would read Vachel Lindsay’s poem “The Broncho That Would Not Be Broken of Dancing” to her husband, and he would know she was thinking of Nellie. Blanche Noyes, friend and fellow pilot, driving out west with Amelia many years later, remembered, “If there was an animal hit along the road, no matter whether she had an appointment or not, she’d stop and either take the

MISUNDERSTANDING ...: The telegram, dated June 30, was sent at 5:53 P.M., according to Helen Schreuer (Curator, Earhart Collection, Purdue University). page 403: The coast guard ...: Records of the U.S. Army Overseas Operations and Commands, National Archives. page 403: Gene Vidal told ...: Gore Vidal, New York Review of Books, Jan. 17, 1985. page 403: Since Amelia’s views ...: JM, Christian Herald magazine, Feb. 1938. page 403: “Amelia stated that she was still ...”: Paul Collins, Tales of

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