Key Words: Contemplating Amelia Earhart’s daring marriage prenup 80 years after fateful flight

‘I may have to keep some place where I can go to be myself, now and then, for I cannot guarantee to endure at all times the confinement of even an attractive cage.’

Amelia Earhart

That’s pilot Amelia Earhart quelling pre-wedding jitters in a neatly typed letter to fiancé George Putnam. The correspondence outlined her expectations for a nontraditional marriage even by today’s standards—an open marriage, for starters, and one with an escape hatch.

In the largely nonsentimental plea sent in 1931, Earhart, who would endeavor and fail a few years later to become the first woman to fly around the world, was worried about a marriage that risked grounding her ambitions, and Putnam’s.

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