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Young Kate
Young Kate
Andersen, Christopher P.
Personal Author:
First edition
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Company, ©1988.
Physical Description:
270 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 22 cm
General Note:
"A Donald Hutter book."
St. Patrick's Day, 1951 -- The Houghtons were really something... -- ...And Mother was a Houghton -- Going to live with Uncle Amory -- The longest neck, the tightest collar, the smallest waist -- Family or career? -- "Boy, that's for me!" -- The nurse held me up to the window -- I am Hartford -- Venereal disease was not exactly a polite topic -- I don't think he leaned toward Communism. Mother did... -- Hotheads -- We were told to shut up -- As good as the next person? Better! -- Being a girl was a torment -- Things don't happen unless you make them happen -- A good fairy-tale teller -- I hated to get up in the dark -- It was a terrible blow -- Did it push me further into make believe? -- Mother was always telling us we weren't mistakes -- Danger intoxicates me -- By the skin of my teeth I stayed -- ...Unaware we were the second-rate sex -- A cheesy way to make a living -- Epilogue.
Andersen excavates the lives of Katharine Houghton Hepburn's grandparents (the Houghtons) and parents and Kate's early years up to graduation from Bryn Mawr, with the family always in foreground. This is a book that will win many hearts as it lays bare the divine chemistry of the Hepburn family that coalesced in Kate herself. On the maternal, Houghton side, Kate's great-grandfather and grandfather were businessmen-inventors--founders of the world-famed Coming Glass Works. Her fiery, fierce father became a pioneer urologist and led a vastly unpopular campaign against venereal disease (in a day when a lady's ankle was never seen and no one had genitals). Her mother was an active suffragette and towering warrior for women's fights in every field, not just for the vote, and the Hepburn house often sported the likes of Emma Goldman, Margaret Sanger, and Sinclair Lewis. Inspires readers with a sense of what--amid every earthquake humanity is heir to--a great family can be.