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The Vanderbilt era : profiles of a gilded age

Author: Louis Auchincloss
Publisher: New York : Scribner, ©1989.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This volume "examines the lives of New York's 'acceptable' families, the privileged wealthy, during the period 1880-1920. The author uses his close connections to their descendants and other research to tell lively anecdotal histories of the business-dominated, pseudo-aristocracy in democratic America." The Vanderbilt family was highly prominent during the 1800s due to the family patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, who  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Auchincloss, Louis.
Vanderbilt era.
New York : Scribner, ©1989
(OCoLC)582382565
Online version:
Auchincloss, Louis.
Vanderbilt era.
New York : Scribner, ©1989
(OCoLC)609151010
Online version:
Auchincloss, Louis.
Vanderbilt era.
New York : Scribner, ©1989
(OCoLC)610281311
Named Person: Vanderbilt family.; Vanderbilt family.; Vanderbilt.; Hunt.; Whitney.; Wharton.; Adams.; Tiffany.; Astor.
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Louis Auchincloss
ISBN: 0684190842 9780684190846 0684191121 9780684191126
OCLC Number: 19354641
Notes: Includes index.
Description: x, 214 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The Vanderbilt era --
The commodore --
William Henry --
Cornelius II and Chauncey Depew --
William K. and Alva --
George and Richard Morris Hunt --
The daughters of William Henry --
Henry White --
Gertrude Whitney --
Florence Adele Sloane --
Consuela --
Grace --
John Singer Sargent --
Jay Gould --
Augustus Saint-Gaudens --
Edmund C. Stanton --
Edith Wharton --
Henry Adams and his brothers --
Louis C. Tiffany and Stanford White --
Mrs. Astor and Ward McAllister --
John Pierpont Morgan --
Genealogical chart of the Vanderbilt family.
Responsibility: Louis Auchincloss.

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This volume "examines the lives of New York's 'acceptable' families, the privileged wealthy, during the period 1880-1920. The author uses his close connections to their descendants and other research to tell lively anecdotal histories of the business-dominated, pseudo-aristocracy in democratic America." The Vanderbilt family was highly prominent during the 1800s due to the family patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt, who created railroad and shipping empires. His descendants went on to build great Fifth Avenue mansions, Newport, Rhode Island summer cottages, the famous Biltmore House and various other exclusive homes. The family members were the leaders of the high society scene and the Gilded Age, until the early 1900s, when the ten great Fifth Avenue mansions were torn down and fellow Vanderbilt homes were sold as museums and the like. This work consists of group portraits among its illustrations of three generations of the Vanderbilt family's conspicuous outward appearances and architectural indulgences.

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