Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea: Background information when reading The Aviator's Wife

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The Aviator's Wife

by Melanie Benjamin

The Aviator's Wife by Melanie Benjamin
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    Jan 2013, 416 pages
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    Nov 2013, 448 pages

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Anne Morrow Lindbergh's Gift from the Sea

Anne Morrow Lindbergh is, of course, the aviator's wife in the new novel of the same name by Melanie Benjamin. She is also the author of the widely acclaimed book, Gift from the Sea, which was first published in 1955. Anne Lindbergh wrote it while in Florida, on Captiva Island, and she used the shells on the beach – as a metaphor to reflect on the lives of American women in the 20th century. Gift from the Sea is the kind of book typically categorized as "inspirational"; within its covers it explores many personal and social issues such as youth, age, love, marriage, contentment, peace and solitude.

Gift from the SeaOriginally written as a series of separate essays, Gift from the Sea reads as though it flowed directly from Lindbergh's head and heart, into her pencil, and onto the page. And in essence, it did. Lindbergh wrote about the pitfalls of modern conveniences and multiple commitments while taking a much-needed break from both of them. The book is unsentimental and direct, while at the ...

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