New York: Harper & Brothers, 1949. First Edition. The second of four memoirs written by the former First Lady of the United States, beginning where This Is My Story left off, in the 1920's, and covering up to Franklin D. Roosevelt's death in 1945. The book was a critical and commercial success upon publication. Maureen Corr emigrated to the United States from Northern Ireland in 1943, where she pursued her education in New York City, eventually graduating from Hunter College. She joined Roosevelt's staff in 1950, first as the assistant to Malvina "Tommy" Thompson, and assuming Thompson's position after her death in 1953. Not a mere secretary, Corr served as Roosevelt's traveling companion, and assisted the family in closing up the office following Roosevelt's death in 1962. Her subsequent positions included work for the Eleanor Roosevelt Memorial Foundation, the Asia Society, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations (ref.Eleanor Roosevelt Papers Project). A distinguished copy. Item #5371
Limited Issue, one of 1,000 numbered copies specially bound and signed by the author, this being copy no.916. Octavo (24cm); royal blue cloth, with printed title label mounted to upper spine; xii,387,, with photographic frontispiece portrait of the author and 16pp of plates. This copy belonged to Maureen Corr (1917-2009), Eleanor Roosevelt's personal secretary, with her holograph inscription to front endpaper: "This is a precious volume with which I'm sad to part as it was given to me when I served as secretary to Mrs. Roosevelt from 1950 until her death in 1962 / Maureen Corr." Light wear to spine ends, else a fresh, Fine copy. Lacking the original publisher's card slipcase and unprinted glassine, though offered here with a custom clamshell case. While not issued as such, this copy bears the dustjacket of the trade edition - likely applied by Corr herself, so we offer it as it came to us; Very Good only, price-clipped, shelfworn and spine-sunned, with shallow losses to extremities, and a split along the front joint neatly mended on verso.