American Jennie

American Jennie

The Remarkable Life of Lady Randolph Churchill

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Baker & Taylor
Traces the tempestuous life of Winston Churchill's American-born mother, discussing her entry into British aristocracy, her accomplishments, and the controversy surrounding her uninhibited lifestyle.

Norton Pub
A frank account of the tempestuous life of the American mother of Britain’s most important twentieth-century politician.
Brooklyn-born Jennie Jerome married into the British aristocracy in 1874, after a three-day romance. She became Lady Randolph Churchill, wife of a maverick politician and mother of the most famous British statesman of the century. Jennie Churchill was not merely the most talked about and controversial American woman in London society, she was a dynamic behind-the-scenes political force and a woman of sexual fearlessness at a time when women were not supposed to be sexually liberated. A concert pianist, magazine founder and editor, and playwright, she was also, above all, a devoted mother to Winston. In American Jennie, Anne Sebba draws on newly discovered personal correspondences and archives to examine the unusually powerful mutual infatuation between Jennie and her son and to relate the passionate and ultimately tragic career of the woman whom Winston described as having “the wine of life in her veins.”

Book News
The best course of action would be to look rich, marry well, bear sons and be careful in her friendships. The rewards would be social standing and some degree of financial and social independence, at least in widowhood. Jennie Jerome did not follow these rules but still succeeded notably in her small but very powerful world. She topped the marriage market by landing Lord Randolph Churchill, worked her ambitious American self into the top levels of shadow politics, assiduously nurtured her son, Winston to be a statesman, kept most of the family secrets while fully disclosing her own, and managed through two subsequent marriages and dozens of liaisons to maintain her status in the upper echelon. Biographer Sebba does much to make up for the gossip, spurious and otherwise, that has marred her subject's reputation and explains her in sympathetic terms as a very ambitious and very modern woman. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

& Taylor

An unstinting portrait of the life of Winston Churchill's American-born mother traces her whirlwind entry into the British aristocracy after a three-day courtship with Randolph Churchill, her professional and artistic accomplishments, and the controversy that ensued from her uninhibited personality. 30,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton, 2007
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780393057720
Branch Call Number: B CHURCHILL


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