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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel
Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel Donald Antrim 0670851396 9780670851393 This memoir of Woodrow Wilson is a long-neglected treasure, full of the candid and perceptive observations of Wilsons brother-in-law and close friend, Stockton Axso
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Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World: A Novel by Donald Antrim

This memoir of Woodrow Wilson is a long-neglected treasure, full of the candid and perceptive observations of Wilsons brother-in-law and close friend, Stockton Axson. A charming and talented scholar of English literature, Axson became one of the few people in whom the reticent Wilson confided freely. Axson and Wilson met in 1884, when Wilson was courting Axsons sister Ellen, while Axson was still a school boy. The friendship of the two men ended only with the presidents death in 1924. Axsons fondness for his mentor, Brother Woodrow, pervades this account, but he is frank in his analysis of Wilsons flaws. As one of only a few personal memoirs of Wilson, this book offers a uniquely intimate view of the human side of the introverted president--and a sensitive evocation of the social life of a bygone era. Axson begins with memories of Wilsons father and of Wilsons life as a young man, including his engagement and marriage to Ellen Axson and his early teaching posts. Wilson taught for twelve years at Princeton University before his accession to its presidency, and Axson also taught there during this period. After Wilson began his stormy career as president of Princeton, Axsons bachelor quarters were often a meeting place for the Wilson faction. His lucid analysis of Wilsons successes and failures as Princetons president is one of the highlights of the book--and probably the best record of these years of Wilsons life. The book ends with a look behind the scenes of Wilsons career as governor of New Jersey and president of the United States, and an analysis of the growing complexity of his personality. It is Uncle Joseph [Wilsons father] in him, observed one relative of Wilsons seeming rigidity. From the standpoint of a loving family member, Axson offers a penetrating but sympathetic report on how Wilson changed as he bore the terrible burdens of World War I and its aftermath.

Author: Donald Antrim

Language: English

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 192

Publisher: Viking

Publication Date: 1993-09-01

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