Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter

One of People’s most sensible Ten Books of 2015

"[Larson] succeeds in offering a well-rounded portrait of a lady who, previously, hasn't ever been considered in full."—Boston Globe

​“A biography that chronicles her existence with clean information . . . by way of making Rosemary the relevant personality, [Larson] has produced a invaluable account of a psychological overall healthiness tragedy and an influential family’s belated efforts to make amends.” — New York instances e-book Review

Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly attractive daughter Rosemary attended particular colleges, was once provided as a debutante to the queen of britain, and traveled the area together with her high-spirited sisters. but Rosemary was once intellectually disabled, a mystery fiercely guarded via her strong and glamorous family.

In Rosemary, Kate Clifford Larson makes use of newly exposed assets to convey Rosemary Kennedy’s tale to gentle. younger Rosemary comes alive as a candy, vigorous woman cherished via her siblings. yet Larson additionally unearths the usually determined and duplicitous preparations the Kennedys made to maintain her clear of domestic as she grew to become more and more tough in her early twenties, culminating in Joe’s choice to have Rosemary lobotomized at age twenty-three and the family’s complicity in retaining the key. simply years later did the Kennedy siblings start to comprehend what had occurred to Rosemary, which galvanized them to direct executive recognition and assets to the plight of the developmentally and mentally disabled, reworking the lives of millions.
“The forgotten Kennedy is forgotten now not. Rosemary is an extraordinary factor, a e-book in regards to the Kennedys that has whatever new to say.” — Laurence Leamer, writer of The Kennedy Women
“Heartbreaking.” — Wall highway Journal

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The kinfolk letters positioned within the JPKP and the RFKP from past due 1941 throughout the subsequent 20 years show a trifling handful of references to Rosemary. not one of the letters are addressed to Rosemary, nor are there any letters from her. See, for example, letters, RFK to “Children” and to person little ones through identify: December five, 1941; January five, 1942; January 12, 1942; January 20, 1942; January 24, 1942; February 2, 1942; February nine, 1942; February 10, 1942; February sixteen, 1942; March 18, 1942; March 27, 1942; April nine, 1942; April thirteen, 1942; may well nine, 1942; may possibly 29, 1942; June 15, 1942; June 24, 1942; and October 19, 1942; all in JPKP, field 2. See additionally copies of those letters in RFKP, field fifty five. [>] He schemed: DN, 542. [>] he had “stopped off to work out Rosemary”: Letter, JPK to RFK, November 23, 1942, JPKP, field 2. [>] Joe’s information approximately Rosemary: See “Family Correspondence,” JPKP, bins 2 and three. [>] there is not any list: Timothy Shriver, totally Alive: learning What concerns so much (New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux/Sarah Crichton Books, 2014), forty nine. [>] the lobotomy “was an absolute devastating thing”: Interview with Ann Gargan King in DKG, 643. [>] an undisclosed form of neurosurgery: TTR, 245. TTR, 245. [>] Rose bitterly defined: Interview with Rose Kennedy in DKG, 643. [>] Youngest sister Jean: Shriver, absolutely Alive, fifty six. [>] Teddy feared: Interview with EMK in Burton Hersh, Edward Kennedy: An Intimate Biography (New York: Counterpoint, 2010), 522. [>] “Never violate people’s privacy”: Edward M. Kennedy, precise Compass (New York: Twelve, 2009), forty-one. [>] Eunice’s son Timothy famous: Shriver, absolutely Alive, forty nine. [>] “That used to be the best way issues have been going”: Ibid. , fifty six. [>] “Dear Daddy”: Letter, KK to JPK, after March 25, 1942, RFKP, field fifty seven. [>] she “did now not have a superb time”: Interview with EKS in LL, The Kennedy girls, 327. [>] Rose was once so involved: Letter, JPK to RFK, November 23, 1942, JPKP, field 2. Rose Eunice to Stanford back for the 1942 fall semester; see additionally LL, The Kennedy ladies, 335–36. [>] Eunice later claimed: LL, The Kennedy ladies, 323. [>] Zelda Fitzgerald: Nancy Milford, Zelda: A Biography (New York: Perennial, 1970), 256–57, 286–88; and “Fonda’s spouse, ailing, Commits Suicide,” big apple instances, April 15, 1950. [>] there's facts: “Family Correspondence,” JPKP, bins 2 and three. [>] Mary Moore observed her extra usually: DN, 628. [>] “private accountability nurses”: Ibid. , 536. [>] those additional deepest merits: “Rosemary Kennedy: debts and Receipts, 1945, 1948,” JPKP, field 26; and ibid. [>] typically via his secretaries: “Rosemary Kennedy: money owed and Receipts, 1945, 1948,” JPKP, field 26; DN, 536. [>] “getting alongside really happily”: Letter, JPK to JFK, July 6, 1942, JPKP, field three; and letter, JPK to JFK, November sixteen, 1943, JPKP, field 2. [>] “Rosemary is feeling relatively well”: Letters, JPK to KK, February 21, 1944; JPK to JPKJR, February 21, 1944; and JPK to KK, March eight, 1944, all in JPKP, field three. [>] ahead of they can learn: Lief Erikson, “Ex-Envoy Kennedy’s Son Is Hero of PT-Boat Saga,” Boston Globe, August 29, 1943; JFKPL, http://www.

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