ERA OF ELEGANCE by Andrew Tully


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A gossipy New York chronicle of the fabulous homes and activities of Society in the heyday of great fortunes and dominant characters. Concentrating on the displays of parties, weddings, financial power, social dictatorship, here are the Astors and their palace, the rebellions promoted by Mame Fish, the Vanderbilt chateaux, the museum created by Frick, Rockefeller's antiseptic paradise, the castle that Schwab built to outdo Carnegie, the splits in the Whitney family, Morgan's comfortable home, Ryan's individual retreat, the Goulds, the Goelets -- here is a panorama of changing fashions, standards, with physical minutiae of the mansions, their building and operation. Social columning of the late 19th and early 20th century, which provides a montage of glittering- if not always tasteful- family fortunes.

Pub Date: Nov. 12th, 1947
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls