Born to a leading Boston family in 1881, Eleonora Eleo Randolph Sears cut a swath through society in the first half of the twentieth century, as arguably the greatest and most versatile female athlete of her generation She faced off against the world like a gladiator, wielding her competitive skill, her wealth, and the force of her will Author Peggy Franck, the daughter of Sears s financial advisor paints a dramatic portrait of Boston Brahmin society and one woman who dared to be different....
|Title||:||Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of Eleonora Sears|
|Publisher||:||Commonwealth Editions First Edition edition September 30, 2009|
|Number of Pages||:||336 pages|
|File Size||:||860 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Prides Crossing: The Unbridled Life and Impatient Times of Eleonora Sears Reviews
I was personally involved during the dark time when Eleonora Sears closed down her Rock Edge estate in Prides Crossing during the summer of 1967. I can personally confirm the accuracy of Peggy Franck's description of that event. I was assigned to be Miss Sears's bodyguard because her confidante, Marie Gendron ("Madame"), unduly convinced Miss Sears that someone was out to kill her. This wonderful book fully explains the context of that event and paints a fine portrait of Miss Sears's life and times.
A vastly enlightening, engaging treatment of a very interesting, although somewhat eccentric lady who was way ahead of her times. Elenora Sears had an profound influence of women's competitive sports in America. Her life is so beautifully brought to life by the author, Peggy Franck. Sears had an amazing life, filled with excitement and power, so much so that the reader has to stop from time to time to remember that this book is not fiction. Peggy Franck makes Sears come alive in a very refreshing manner. Franck tells the complete story--her greatness, and her vision as well as her flaws. The reader cannot help but come away from the book with the conviction that things would have been vastly different for female athletes had it not been for Eleo's pioneering spirit and example in critical, early moments in history. We feel for Eleo as we share her very unhappy final years. A good read any time of the year.
Well-researched, well-written story of the life and intriguing times of Eleonora Randolph Sears (1881-1968). Boston society, wealth, fame. Powerful personality. Superb athlete -- one of the greats -- tennis, squash, polo, and just about everything else. Excellent book definitely worth reading from prologue through unexpected ending. Now I'm hoping for a movie, too.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is very well-written, sensitive and honest. Eleo Sears' life is a fascinating story with a surprising ending. This is a good book for discussion and an insight into an uncommon life.
I could not put this biography to rest! The story is riveting and the style of writing is exceptional. The details are what make the book more than interesting. I had never heard of Ms. Sears, but after reading this book, I feel immersed in her life, since the author provides more than just a glimpse into the life a first family Bostonian. This is not merely a factual biography of dates and places; it provides you with first -hand thoughts, motives, preferences, mannerisms, photographs--and more-- of an extremely high-spirited woman. I highly recommend this book! Rose
This well written and carefully researched Biography introduced me to Eleonora Sears, a throughly modern female that pushed through numerous restrictions and barriers to leave a lasting mark on the first half of the 20th Century. Sears was raised a "blue blood" in Boston and seemed to know "everyone that was anyone" in the society circles in the US. She also traveled widely in Europe and was acquainted with royalty and prime ministers alike. What was impressive about Sears, however, is not who she knew, but what she did! She was a marvelous athlete and won numerous championships in tennis, broke barriers in polo, helped form squash organizations and was an early long-distance walker. She had to fight male intransigence, resistance, and ridicule in most of these activities and emerged triumphant as a leader and a pioneer for generations of women which followed her.
Thanks to the author's extensive research, Prides Crossing offers the reader not only a portrait of a colorful and complex woman born into privledged circumstances, but also a glimpse of the times (1881 -1968) as experienced by Miss Sears. The material is ideal for a thought-provoking discussion and the book is written with beautiful language, using a rich vocabulary and sometimes poetic descriptions.