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Author Simmons, Diane, 1948- author

Title The courtship of Eva Eldridge : a story of bigamy in the marriage-mad fifties / Diane Simmons
Published Iowa City : University of Iowa Press, [2016]
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Contents Acknowledgments; Introduction; Part 1; March 1958, Boise, Idaho; Spring 1940, Wing Valley, Oregon; Summer 1956, Boise; 1940-1942, Wing Valley; 1942, "If the Fair Sex Were to Replace Men"; 1942-1943, War in Europe; 1943, "One Woman Can Shorten This War"; Winter 1956, Vick Hits Boise; 1943, Shipbuilding Boomtown, Portland; Spring 1957, Engaged, Wing Valley; 1944, Swan Island, Portland; 1957, A Wedding, Boise; 1944-1946, Swan Island Shipyard and Fort George Wright Convalescent Hospital; Spring 1958, Farewell Bend, Oregon; 1944, "The Taste of Independence," Swan Island
1957, Honeymoon, Nevada and California1945, Sunday Punch; 1946, Waiting for a Wedding, Wing Valley; Part 2; Odette, March 1959; Joining the Search; Odette and Leisa; Marie and Susan, Modesto; Tessa, Baltimore; Why?; Vick's War, 1940-1951; The Vickers Family, Kansas, 1910-1930; Portland, 1960-1961; Mena and Janice, 1961; The Bigamist, 1953-1962; King County Jail, Seattle, 1962; Sanity; Eva and Vick in Seattle, Spring 1962; "Ha! Ha! I Just Laugh and Tell Everyone a Different Story," Seattle, Summer 1962; Psychoanalyzing Vick; Wing Valley, August 1962; To Follow the Heart, 1943-2002; Epilogue
Summary Simmons presents readers with a true story of one woman's struggle with a bigamist husband in the 1950s. Through the use of an archive of roughly eight hundred of Eva Eldridge's letters and personal papers, the author tells the story of a woman bent on tracking down the serial bigamist who had married her only to disappear, as he had on a string of several women in the years following World War II. --Publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Eldgridge, Eva
Bigamy -- United States -- Case studies.
Marriage -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Single women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 20th century.
United States -- History -- 1945-
United States -- Social conditions -- 1945-
Genre/Form Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1609384628 (electronic bk.)
9781609384623 (electronic bk.)