Objects of Desire

Objects of Desire : A Portrait of Love and Marriage

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This is a love story, told in a completely different way. Eleanor MacKenzie, just graduated from Barnard, and Ralph Graves, just graduated from Harvard, met as brand-new researchers at Life magazine in September 1948. They soon married other people, but the two couples then became closest friends. After seven years of that closeness, Eleanor and Ralph realized that they were profoundly in love. Both went through bitter and punitive divorces to get to each other. It was worth it. They have now been married for 45 years. This book is the story of their love and marriage, told through the myriad objects that have played a significant role in that story. Gifts, homes, cars, painting, books, furniture, jewelry, clothes--all are invested with a deeply emotional value that grew out of what those objects of desire meant to these two people. But the story does not apply only to these two particular people. As Ralph Graves says about these objects of desire, They have resonance. Each of us, in every love story, in every marriage, can name special objects that carry that resonance. The objects are different for each of us, but the resonance is the same. The book is an intimate picture of resonance in love and marriage.
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  • Hardback | 240 pages
  • 147.32 x 231.14 x 30.48mm | 430.91g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Illustrations, unspecified
  • 0740740083
  • 9780740740084

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