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We, once again, follow Stephen Cox’s research on Isabel Paterson.
Cox writes of his own uncomfortable feelings rearding his attempt to construct Paterson’s biography. He knows that she was a pointed critic and wonders what she might say about his efforts. He, like others, grows fond of Paterson who is the ultimate critic.
Cox wishes to point out that Isabel Paterson was not simply a political idealist but none the less an idealist of her own making. She followed no one’s lead except that of her own which had been born on the frontier of America.
Even those who wished to use her terse and concise views and words were not immune from her clear views. She exasperated both the conservatives and the liberals.
Once again I must state that these are not meant as political comments but only to point out Isabel Paterson’s strong belief in her own ideas of independence
Cox allows examples of Paterson’s actions to define her. Here he tells of one “crashing” of a meeting that she was not invited to.
Note: “Turns” 29 Sept. 1935, below, refers to one of Paterson’s weekly articles in the New York Herald-Tribune titled “Turns with a Bookworm.”
Cox points out that Isabel Paterson realized that she was taking personal risk with her views and the way she stated them. He then goes on to use her world-record airplane flight to 5,000 feet as an example of how she felt about freedom and her views of America.