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The Husband Hunters : Social Climbing in London and New York - Anne de Courcy

The Husband Hunters

Social Climbing in London and New York


Published: 30th May 2017
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Towards the end of the nineteenth century and for the first few years of the twentieth, a strange invasion took place in Britain. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which the titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached. The incomers were a group of young women who, fifty years earlier, would have been looked on as the alien denizens of another world - the New World, to be precise. From 1874 - the year that Jennie Jerome, the first known 'Dollar Princess', married Randolph Churchill - to 1905, dozens of young American heiresses married into the British peerage, bringing with them all the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.

Anne de Courcy sets the stories of these young women and their families in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what they thought of their new lives in England - and what England thought of them.

About the Author

Anne de Courcy is a well-known writer and journalist. In the 1970s she was Woman's Editor on the London Evening News and in the 1980s she was a regular feature-writer for the Evening Standard. She is also a former feature writer and reviewer for the Daily Mail. Her recent books include The Viceroy's Daughters and Debs At War.

This is a sparkling and richly entertaining account of an intriguing and unusual culture clash -- Kathryn Hughes THE MAIL ON SUNDAY (A) hugely entertaining chronicle of cash for coronets -- Nicholas Shakespeare THE SPECTATOR Anne de Courcy has written the definitive account of the real-life buccaneers ... de Courcy argues with conviction that it wasn't simply about money. Englishmen found the dollar princesses irresistible and were drawn to their vitality, social ease and lack of stuffiness ... De Courcy is excellent on the cultural clashes between the Americans and British -- Paula Byrne THE TIMES De Courcy is a spirited writer who has thoroughly researched her subject -- Vanessa Berridge SUNDAY EXPRESS This is an entertaining read even if your ancestors were not aristocratic, providing insights into the upper classes on both sides of the Atlantic. WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE magazine

ISBN: 9781474601443
ISBN-10: 1474601448
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 30th May 2017
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.6 x 15.6  x 2.4
Weight (kg): 0.44
Edition Number: 1