Mrs. Robert E. Lee
This delightful yet scholarly work for ages 10 to adult portrays Mrs. Lee’s faithfulness to Christ through youth, marriage, motherhood, loss of luxury, war, and crippling arthritis. Douglas Southall Freeman says Mrs. Lee displayed all the qualities that could have been asked of a woman whose life was confined to four walls, most notable of which was her industry. A role model for young women of today.
Blue hardcover with pictorial of Mrs. Lee on front cover, bright gilt lettering and trim on front cover and spine. First published in 1939, now in a beautiful new edition.
This valuable work was originally titled in full Worthy of Her Husband: Mrs. Robert E. Lee
Rose MacDonald was well informed enough to be the biographer of her friend Mary Custis Lee, whom we of course have come to know better by the name of Mrs. Robert E. Lee. Mrs. MacDonald was quite an intimate of Mary and of the entire Lee family. Her father was a professor at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington at the same time that Robert E. Lee was the President of nearby Washington College.
The two families lived neighbors for many years and the Mildred (youngest daughter of Robert E. Lee & Mary) was often appointed to “babysit” author Rose when she was a small child. So MacDonald gained a treasure trove of primary resources on the Lee family. She also had access to many personal letters and notes provided by the family from which to glean material for her biography.
This biography is the work of one so close to her subject, it has become the premier biography of Mrs. Robert E. Lee, and thus the book from which nearly all more modern biographers of her draw heavily for their information.