A better and more substantial portrait than the author's Betsy Ross and the Flag, though its value lies more in its quality...

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DOLLY MADISON

A better and more substantial portrait than the author's Betsy Ross and the Flag, though its value lies more in its quality as a period piece, than in the penetration of character. The story opens with Dolly Payne at fifteen and the move to Philadelphia from Virginia; it goes on to her marriage to John Todd and its brief duration as it ended with his death of yellow fever. Dolly's vivacity, despite her Quaker background, her love of society, parties and pretty things, all contributed to shaping her into the young woman James Madison soon came to notice. His story- and the part he was playing in politics of the day- complement Dolly's story, until they merge in marriage, and their public life in Philadelphia and Washington.

Pub Date: Sept. 20, 1954

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Random House

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1954