The Vanderbilt Women: Dynasty of Wealth, Glamour, and Tragedy

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Combining elements of biography and social history, a portrait of the Vanderbilt women exposes the hidden side of one of America's wealthiest and most influential families

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Clarice Stasz is the author of The Vanderbilt Women (1991) and American Dreamers (1990). She is a professor of history at Sonoma State University and lives in Petaluma, California.

From Publishers Weekly:

Many biographers of the rich have not been sympathetic, and they have been particularly ungenerous to the females in such families, dismissing them as social butterflies, suggests Stasz ( American Dreamers ). That the Vanderbilt women by and large must be taken seriously is convincingly proved by this lively scholarly account of the social/financial dynasty from 1650 to the present, with the emphasis on the last century. Of special interest are discussions of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney (1875-1942), a sculptor, who recovered from a singularly unhappy marriage by dedicating herself to a series of male and female lovers and by establishing Manhattan's Whitney Museum of American Art; Alva Smith Vanderbilt (1853-1933), who put aside her frenetic efforts to become New York City's social arbiter to play a significant role in the women's suffrage movement; and today's Gloria, "the Poor Little Rich Girl," subjected to a vicious custody battle as a child, who found contentment in her fourth marriage and a successful business career. Photos not seen by PW.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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