Autobiography

Dearest Jane... My Father's Life and Letters by Jane Torday, Roger Mortimer

By Jane Torday, Roger Mortimer

Because the eldest daughter of a prolific letter author, Jane Torday got hundreds of thousands of letters from her father through the years. From irreverent suggestion and hilarious relations anecdotes to moments of significant poignancy, Roger Mortimer's missives are a touching and witty portrait of his existence and relationships over the years.

Dearest Jane starts with Roger's time as a tender military officer in Egypt, after which as a POW within the moment global warfare, the place his feel of humour persevered regardless of the stipulations. Jane accompanies her father's letters together with her personal thoughts and anecdotes, as we meet prevalent characters equivalent to Nidnod, Lupin and Lumpy, and study extra concerning the nuclear family, associates and pets who bounce from the pages of his letters.

This is an arresting and impressive checklist, not just of Roger Mortimer's existence but additionally of the historical past of a complete kinfolk among 1960 and 1991. glowing with the dry wit for which Mortimer's letters are recognized, and followed by means of an affectionate own portrait, this publication will satisfaction either outdated and new readers.

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The second trip, when I was twelve, was my first important experience of the outside world. Our apartment at Twelfth and Meridian streets in Miami Beach was then in a region of many vacant lots left over when the Depression brought the Florida boom to an end. We could walk to Biscayne Bay or to the beach for a swim before breakfast. Our visits were too short to make many friends at school, but at least we made some contact with “Eastern” children. Living in Miami also provided an opportunity for our first trip outside the United States.

After that, I should go for a master’s degree in mining engineering. I would then be in a position to get a good job— with another coal company. ” And in the end all three of us took doctorates—David in chemistry, Richard in medicine, and I in history. It was just as well. The small coal and lumber boom in Webster County ended in the s. None of the people I knew well as contemporaries in high school stayed in Webster after the war, and very few of my generation did so. Part of the explanation was changing technology.

I would then be in a position to get a good job— with another coal company. ” And in the end all three of us took doctorates—David in chemistry, Richard in medicine, and I in history. It was just as well. The small coal and lumber boom in Webster County ended in the s. None of the people I knew well as contemporaries in high school stayed in Webster after the war, and very few of my generation did so. Part of the explanation was changing technology. The Sewell coal seam, like most bituminous seams in the eastern United States, slopes upward from west to east.

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