Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age

Category: Book
By (author): Mackenzie Stuart, Amanda
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: January 2007
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 656
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 1.02in
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"A dual life story that reads as pleasurably as the best fiction but with all the intelligence of a first-rate biography. . . . completely absorbing."-Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire

The granddaughter of the richest man in America, Consuelo Vanderbilt was the prize catch of New York Society. But her socially ambitious mother, Alva, was adamant that her daughter should make a grand marriage, and the underfunded Duke of Marlborough was just the thing-even though Consuelo loved someone else.

The story of these two women is not simply one of empty wealth, Gilded Age glamour, and of enterprising social ambition. Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt is also a fascinating account of how two women struggled to break free from the deeply materialistic, stifling world into which they were born, taking up the fight for female equality. In this brilliant and engrossing book, Amanda Mackenzie Stuart suggests that behind the most famous transatlantic marriage lies an extraordinary tale of the quest for female power.

Review Quote*"Riveting . . . [An] excellent biography . . . Mackenzie Stuart narrates with an elegance equal to her subject's."
Review Quote*"Impeccably researched . . . Mackenzie Stuart's history marshals an impressive trove of primary documents."
Review Quote*"Mackenzie Stuart has skillfully integrated a great deal of research... and she gives a rich sense of both women."
Review Quote*"[A] fascinating dual biography."
Review Quote*"A saga of transatlantic maneuvers worthy of Henry James or Edith Wharton."
Review Quote*"Book lovers, Anglophiles and social historians alike will find much to please them in this fine, well-researched biography."
Review Quote*"[A] deftly contextualized account."
Review Quote*"An intimate look at two women whose lives reveal changing social patterns. Just fascinating."
Review Quote*"Skilfully and sympathetically told. . . . Brilliant."