Note: Sharon Rich wrote an introductory chapter for Volume 1 of this series, providing background, photos, letters and documentation about these scrapbooks and their historical importance. In each of the other Volumes, she provides a more concise guide to each book, discussing particular quotes and information of interest.
Poetic Memories is a Limited Edition series of 8 wire bound books, 11×8.5″, each with a unique cover photo, printed on glossy paper with color photos on every page. These were compiled mostly in the mid to late 1940s; they’re not normal “scrapbooks” of fan magazine clippings; each page has one picture that illustrates the quote typed on the page, taken from personal letters or journals written by Nelson Eddy or Jeanette MacDonald, or from Isabel Eddy’s unpublished memoirs; apparently she wanted to someday tell their story from her perspective. Some of these quotes we had not seen before, as much of Isabel’s memoirs did not survive to this day, but she was writing them in the mid 1940s.
It’s more advisable and cost-effective to purchase the set at a special package price at this link: but you can also order them one by one if you choose. The cost of each single book is $25 except for Volume 2 which had less scrapbook pages and so is $20.
If you are going to order just one book, it’s advised to get Volume 1, as it features an extensive introduction by Sharon Rich to the series.
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From the back cover blurb, copyright ©2021 by Sharon Rich, all rights reserved:
“He is waiting for you, out there on the cool night scented terrace, and you go to his arms aching for his love – this boy you once thought was not worth giving up a career for.” – Nelson Eddy
“Poetic Memories is a compilation of eight scrapbooks lovingly compiled in the 1940s by a fan with an inside connection to Nelson Eddy’s mother, Isabel. The original scrapbooks are reproduced in color; each page features vintage magazine or greeting card clippings to complement a typed quote from the writings of Nelson Eddy, Jeanette MacDonald or his mother’s unpublished memoirs. If you have read the biography “Sweethearts” by Sharon Rich, you may recognize some of the quotes, but many more are revealed here for the first time.
“Most of Nelson’s quotes come from private diaries he wrote for Jeanette, often describing their intimate moments in graphic sexual detail, often in Victorian style. Nelson wrongly expected Jeanette to outlive him as he was seriously injured during WWII and later nearly died of pneumonia. He called his journals “insurance” to keep memories of their passion alive for Jeanette when he was gone. After his marriage to Ann Franklin in 1939, Nelson had kept a room at his mother’s residence and set up a “shrine” to Jeanette MacDonald, his singing partner and off-screen love. Over the years he filled the room with his own artwork: nude drawings, paintings and sculptures of Jeanette. In the mid 1940s, Isabel began writing her memoirs and snooped into her son’s private papers, including Jeanette’s letters to Nelson. Perhaps unwisely, Isabel shared much of this very intimate information with a close friend. Isabel was eventually caught when lengthy pages of Nelson’s writings were copied and leaked to the wrong people. While publicly forced to deny their veracity, Nelson was personally angry and felt betrayed. He moved his collection out of Isabel’s house and distanced himself from her as a confidante. From a historical perspective, even though the poetic memories were never meant for public view, they and hundreds of letters providing insight into these years were miraculously not destroyed.”