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Ellen N. La Motte: Nurse, Writer, Activist, By Lea M. Williams

Ellen N. La Motte: Nurse, Writer, Activist, By Lea M. Williams Ellen N. La Motte: Nurse, Writer, Activist BOOK REVIEWS By Lea M. Williams (Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 2020) (240 pages; $120.00 cloth) If ever a nurse deserved a biography, it is Ellen N. La Motte. Who else can lay claim to being central to so many events: the early twentieth century anti- tuberculosis crusade, suffrage and first-wave feminism, World War I nursing, and campaigns against the Chinese opium trade and addiction? And if these accomplishments were not enough, she wrote prolifically (fiction and nonfic- tion), and enjoyed time as a Parisian bohemian with the likes of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and Alice B. Toklas! In this riveting biography, Lea M. Williams manages to capture La Motte’s sprawling and fascinating life, making full use of all surviving documentary evidence, much of which she is the first to examine. And in a stroke of luck, Williams was able to more fully explore La Motte’s life and sexuality than anyone in the past because a trove of her letters was recently uncovered and donated to the Alan Mason Chesney Archives at Johns Hopkins. The book is organized chronologically, like most biographies. In addi- tion to exploring La Motte’s life and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Ellen N. La Motte: Nurse, Writer, Activist, By Lea M. Williams

Nursing History Review , Volume 29 (1): 3 – Dec 24, 2020

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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Ellen N. La Motte: Nurse, Writer, Activist BOOK REVIEWS By Lea M. Williams (Manchester, United Kingdom: Manchester University Press, 2020) (240 pages; $120.00 cloth) If ever a nurse deserved a biography, it is Ellen N. La Motte. Who else can lay claim to being central to so many events: the early twentieth century anti- tuberculosis crusade, suffrage and first-wave feminism, World War I nursing, and campaigns against the Chinese opium trade and addiction? And if these accomplishments were not enough, she wrote prolifically (fiction and nonfic- tion), and enjoyed time as a Parisian bohemian with the likes of Gertrude Stein, Pablo Picasso, and Alice B. Toklas! In this riveting biography, Lea M. Williams manages to capture La Motte’s sprawling and fascinating life, making full use of all surviving documentary evidence, much of which she is the first to examine. And in a stroke of luck, Williams was able to more fully explore La Motte’s life and sexuality than anyone in the past because a trove of her letters was recently uncovered and donated to the Alan Mason Chesney Archives at Johns Hopkins. The book is organized chronologically, like most biographies. In addi- tion to exploring La Motte’s life and

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Dec 24, 2020

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