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A beautifully written history of high society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed author of Party of the CenturyNewport i... Weiterlesen
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Beschreibung

A beautifully written history of high society in Newport, Rhode Island, from the acclaimed author of Party of the Century

Newport is the legendary and beautiful home of American aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich. Many of the country's most famous blueblood families?the closest thing we have to royalty?have lived and summered in Newport since the nineteenth century. The Astors, the Vanderbilts, Edith Wharton, JFK and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Doris Duke, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow are just a few of the many names who have called the city home. Gilded takes you along as you explore the fascinating heritage of the Newport elite, from its first colonists to the newest of its new millennium millionaires, showing the evolution of a town intent on living in its own world. Through a narrative filled with engrossing characters and lively tales of untold extravagance, Davis brings the resort to life and uncovers the difference between rich and Newport rich along the way.

  • An engrossing multigenerational saga that tells the real story of the rich and famous in Newport
  • Vibrant, praiseworthy writing: "[Davis] brings splendidly colorful behind-the-scenes action and players up front" (the New York Times on Party of the Century)
  • 34 evocative black-and-white photographs

Written with insight and dramatic flair, Gilded gives you a rare peek into the cloistered coastal playground of America's moneyed elite.

Autorentext
Deborah Davis is the author of the acclaimed Party of the Century: The Fabulous Story of Truman Capote and His Black and White Ball and Strapless: John Singer Sargent and the Fall of Madame X. She is a film executive who has worked as a story editor and a story analyst for several major film companies.

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Praise for Gilded

"Delightful . . . .With great wit & panache, Deborah Davis [brings] back to life a glamorous & important slice of American history."
Dana Thomas, author of Deluxe

"The rich are different and so is this book. Deborah Davis is a first-class social chronicler who always serves the good stuff."
Christopher Tennant, author of The Official Filthy Rich Handbook

"Light, entertaining history."
Publishers Weekly

"Peopled by eccentrics who added color to the Newport scene and packed with lively anecdotes, Gilded is a witty and informative guide to this most extraordinary of summer colonies."
Country Life

Newport is the legendary and beautiful home of American aristocracy and the sheltered super-rich. Many of the country's most famous families—the closest thing we have to royalty—have lived and summered in Newport since the nineteenth century. The Astors, the Vanderbilts, Edith Wharton, John F. and Jacqueline Kennedy, Doris Duke, and Claus and Sunny von Bulow are just a few of the many famous people who have called the city home. Through a narrative filled with engrossing characters and lively tales of untold extravagance, Gilded takes you along as you explore the fascinating heritage of the Newport elite, from its first colonists to the newest of its new millennium millionaires.

Inhalt
Acknowledgments.

Introduction.

1 The Season—1913.

2 The Isle of Peace.

3 Reversal of Fortune.

4 The New Newport.

"The" Mrs. Astor.

5 Calculated Moves.

Alva.

6 The Cottage Wars.

Mamie.

7 Upstairs and Downstairs.

Tessie.

8 Members Only.

9 Ladies First.

Edith.

10 Fast Times.

11 A Very Good Year.

Beatrice.

12 That Sinking Feeling.

13 The Binds That Tie.

Eileen.

14 There Goes the Neighborhood.

15 Enemies and Eyesores.

16 Fire Sale.

17 Self-Preservation.

18 All That Jazz.

Jackie.

19 What a Swell Party This Is.

20 The Changing of the Guard.

Minnie.

21 Anything Goes.

Doris.

22 Tourist Attractions.

23 Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?

24 Everything Old Is New Again.

25 The Season—2008.

Afterword.

Bibliography.

Photo Credits.

Index.

Produktinformationen

Titel: Gilded
Untertitel: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort
Autor:
EAN: 9780470730249
ISBN: 978-0-470-73024-9
Digitaler Kopierschutz: Adobe-DRM
Format: E-Book (epub)
Herausgeber: Turner Publishing Company
Genre: Geschichte
Anzahl Seiten: 320
Veröffentlichung: 25.09.2009
Jahr: 2009
Auflage: 1. Auflage
Untertitel: Englisch
Dateigrösse: 3.7 MB