Queen of the Golden Age: The Fabulous Story of Grace Wilson Vanderbilt

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Rear cover notes: "Grace Wilson Vanderbilt occupied the very pinnacle of American High Society during the great golden age of the millionaires. 'She sees herself as a kind of perpetual fairytale,' her friend Teddy Roosevelt declared. And well she might. For she moved in a glittering world, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars as naturally as she breathed and entertaining more lavishly than any Queen of England, with as many as thirty thousand guests in any one year. At her mansion, The Breakers, on Rhode Island, it was not uncommon to seat two hundred for dinner. At 640 Fifth Avenue, New York, and aboard North Star, her vast ocean-going yacht, the titled, the rich and the famous regularly rubbed shoulders. There was no English monarch from Queen Victoria to George VI who was not at some time her guest, and all of the other crowned heads of Europe were frequent visitors. Winston Churchill was a personal friend, as was Edward VII, Queen Mary, and Mark Twain - among thousands of others. Rubinstein practiced daily in her many-mirrored music room in New York. Dame Nellie Melba and Caruso sang for her....Written by her son, this book is an intimate description of American High Society at its most breathtakingly brilliant, and also a blow-by-blow account of a gripping human drama - the Vanderbilt feud - which made headlines all the way round the globe and blazed on for decades. But above it all, seemingly untouched by the turmoil, there reigned Grace Wilson Vanderbilt, American hostess supreme for an era which began in the gaslit red velvet parlours of the Nineties and outlasted two deadly World Wars."

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