THE MARRYING AMERICANS by Pearson Hesketh

THE MARRYING AMERICANS

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A recording of ""banns across the sea"" follows the title rush from 1797 when Lord Holland annexed Elizabeth Webster, to 1937 when Edward gave up his throne for Bessie Wallis Simpson. Among the title transfers are love matches, marriages of convenience, power motivations, money marrying money, fortunes squandered and careers advanced; and among the names are the Churchills, Marlboroughs, Curzon, Chamberlain, Cunard, Furness, and others over the water, while the race for coronets has the Goulds, Vanderbilts, Astors, Goolets, Jeromes, and more, coming from the United States. The stories of Kipling and Caroline, of Betsy Patterson and Jerome Bonaparte, of Granville-Barker and Helen Huntington, of Prince Obolensky and Alice Astor, are part of the picture, and divorce is as much present as is the marriage that was successful. Pearson's fast traveling pen accomplishes attention-catching reportage and this social phenomenon is certain to have an appeal for almost every feminine reader.

Pub Date: May 31st, 1961
Publisher: Coward-McCann