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People/Characters: Lorena Hickok

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Eleanor and Hick: The Love Affair That Shaped a First Lady by Susan Quinn
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression by Amity Shlaes
Loving Eleanor: The intimate friendship of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok by Susan Wittig Albert
Mrs. Roosevelt's Confidante by Susan Elia MacNealbio
The Sex Lives of Famous Lesbians by Nigel Cawthorne

Character description

Lorena Alice "Hick" Hickok (March 7, 1893 – May 1, 1968) was an American journalist known for her close relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt.

For several years, the two corresponded almost every day, traveled together, and professed emotional and physical affection for one another. The exact nature of this relationship has been widely discussed by historians; some have argued that the relationship was clearly romantic or erotic, while others have argued that historians have been misled by Roosevelt's exuberant letters. It is known, and was known in the White House press corps at the time, that Hickok was a lesbian

Compromised as a reporter by her personal relationship with Roosevelt, Hickok left the AP and began work as the chief investigator for the Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA), a department of Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. Hickok encouraged or inspired several of Eleanor Roosevelt's initiatives. As Hickok grew more demanding of the First Lady, however, the pair's initial closeness lessened.

From 1940 to 1945, she served as the executive secretary of the Women's Division of the Democratic National Committee, living at the White House for most of this time. As her diabetes steadily worsened, she lived out her final years at Hyde Park to be near Roosevelt, publishing several books.

Lorena Hickok in Wikipedia

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