Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Anne Morrow Lindbergh, June 22, 1906 - Feb. 7, 2001 (m. 1929)

Children:

  • Charles Augustus Lindbergh Jr. (1930–1932)
  • Jon Lindbergh (b. 1932)
  • Land Morrow Lindbergh (b. 1937)
  • Anne Spencer Lindbergh (Perrin) (1940–1993)
  • Scott Lindbergh (b. 1942)
  • Reeve Lindbergh  (b. 1945)

Charles taught her to fly. On Aug. 23, 1929 she made her first solo flight. She would go on to be the first woman and the 10th American to earn a first-class glider pilot’s license in addition to her private pilot’s license.

She began writing as a child. Biographer Susan Hertog notes, “Anne found a way to transform the ‘secret life’ of her diary into literature, honing her thoughts and fantasies into poetry, stories, and essays.”

Following their survey flight to Asia in 1931, Anne wrote a book about their trip bringing the reader along on their emotional journey. North to the Orient was published in 1935 and was an immediate success — the book went into its third printing within the first week. Inspiration to write once again followed their extended survey trip around the Atlantic in 1933.

Listen! The Wind, published in 1938, narrates 10 days of the five-month tour, using the challenges of the tour to explore the deeper meaning of life and the journey home. Anne received the American Booksellers Association Award for “favorite” nonfiction in 1939.

As the Lindbergh family grew, Anne found less time to dedicate to writing specific works for publication. But in 1955, she published Gift from the Sea, a series of meditations on contemporary women's lives, which became one of the best-selling and most beloved books in American history.

Anne's diaries and letters were collected in no fewer than six volumes, recording her life from 1922 to 1986. The last volume of diaries was published posthumously in 2012.  Anne Morrow Lindbergh died in 2001.