Zigzagging: An American Female Nurse’s Experiences During WWI

by Isabel Anderson

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Isabel Anderson was born Isabel Weld Perkins (1876-1948). Though a wealthy socialite, she wrote numerous books including On the Move, The Spell of the Hawaiian Islands and the Philippines, Circling Africa and The Spell of Japan. Her favored genres included children’s literature, accounts of travel and family memoirs such as Under the Black Horse Flag, and The Letters and Journals of General Nicholas Longworth Anderson, a collection of papers from her father-in-law.

While in Italy in 1896, Isabel had met Larz Anderson, an American diplomat. They married in Boston a year later, and enjoyed a life of world travel. Larz served in a variety of diplomatic roles, while Isabel wrote a great deal. The two left behind several estates, a memorial bridge, and collections of automobiles and bonsais, quite symbolic of their life pursuits.

Zigzagging recalls Isabel’s efforts during World War I as a volunteer for the Red Cross. For her work, she earned the Croix de Guerre, a French military honor for heroic actions.

This new edition is dedicated to Dr. Robert Enelow.