Join the Greenwich Historical Society in welcoming author Mary Calvi as she discusses her latest novel, If a Poem Could Live and Breathe: A Novel of Teddy Roosevelt’s First Love. Calvi will be joined in conversation by co-anchor Dana Tyler of CBS New York as she shares more about her research process and the new historical perspectives that emerged as a result.
Studded with the real love letters between a young Theodore Roosevelt and Boston beauty Alice Lee—many of them never-before-published—If a Poem Could Live and Breathe makes vivid what many historians believe to be the pivotal years that made the future president into the man of action that defined his political life, and cemented his legacy.
Cambridge, 1878. The era of the Gilded Age. Alice Lee sets out to break from the norms of her mother’s generation. Women are fighting for educational opportunities and exploring a new sense of intellectual and personal freedom. Native New Yorker, Harvard student Teddy Roosevelt, is on his own journey of discovery, and when they meet, unrelenting currents of love change the trajectory of his life forever.
If a Poem Could Live and Breathe is an indelible portrait of the authenticity of first love, the heartache of loss, and how overcoming the worst of life’s obstacles can push one to greatness never imagined.
Books may be purchased through Diane’s Books in advance or following the talk for signing by the author.