Book by Van Rensselaer, Philip
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Van Rensselaer's engrossing, tell-all memoir starts with his birth in 1928 into a family of aristocratic New Yorkers. His mother, Adele, divorced his wastrel father after he had squandered their joint inheritance and she turned to a wealthy if socially unacceptable lover for support. The author and his brother lived luxuriously on their mother's generous protector until she died. As a young man, Van Rensselaer continued the lotus-eater's lifestyle and, he candidly admits, tried to marry for money. The book abounds with tales of the swinging international crowd and confessions of the author's alcoholism, sexual escapades and crack-up in middle age. Recovered and reformed, Van Rensselaer tips readers to the "secret" of his "cheeriness": "I no longer feel special, and I don't ever feel arrogant anymore." Photos not seen by PW. Author tour.
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Book Description Wynwood Pr, U.S.A., 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine. 1st Edition. Fascinating look at New York and Europe society that is full of gossip! Presumed first as edition not stated. No marks inside or outside of book. Dust jacket (not price clipped at $18.95) has scuffing and tears to top corners. Delicious. Bookseller Inventory # 001673
Book Description Wynwood Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0922066302
Book Description Wynwood Pr, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110922066302
Book Description Wynwood Pr. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0922066302 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW7.1458389