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Event: 'Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter' - A Visit with Author, Kate Clifford Larson

Tuesday May 2, 2017
6:30 PM until 8:00 PM


Kate Clifford Larson was the 2016 recipient of the Mass Book Award for non-fiction for her book, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter. This work, reveals the central role intellectual disabilities and mental health issues played in the tragic life of the Kennedys’ eldest daughter, and how Rosemary’s legacy lives on in our nation’s efforts to accommodate differently-abled people.  

In Rosemary, Larson reveals how Joe and Rose Kennedy’s strikingly beautiful eldest daughter attended exclusive schools, was presented as a debutante to the queen and king of England, and traveled the world with her high spirited sisters. Yet Rosemary was intellectually disabled, a secret fiercely guarded by her powerful and glamorous family. Major new sources—Rose Kennedy’s diaries and correspondence, letters from Rosemary’s teachers and doctors, and exclusive family interviews— bring Rosemary alive as a girl adored but left far behind by her competitive siblings. Kate Larson reveals both the sensitive care Rose and Joe gave to Rosemary and then—as the family’s standing reached an apex—the often desperate and duplicitous arrangements the Kennedys made to keep her away from home as she became increasingly difficult in her early twenties. It was an experimental lobotomy gone terribly wrong that ultimately inspired her siblings to direct attention to the plight of the disabled, transforming the lives of millions.  

Kate Clifford Larson is the author of two other critically acclaimed biographies: Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman, Portrait of an American Hero (2004), now in production at HBO for an Original Movie; and The Assassin’s Accomplice: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Abraham Lincoln (2008).  

Join us for this event, followed by a period of Q&A.  Ms. Larson will sign books following the program.  Copies of Ms. Larson's book will be available for purchase.  

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