Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family

Abby Aldrich Rockefeller: The Woman in the Family

by Bernice Kert
     
 
The first complete biography of Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum of Modern Art and the woman who shaped the character and destiny of one of America's most powerful families.

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The first complete biography of Abby Rockefeller, founder of the Museum of Modern Art and the woman who shaped the character and destiny of one of America's most powerful families.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The author of Hemingway's Women , which offered new insights into the sources of that famously macho writer's creativity, once again illuminates the impact of a powerful female on American culture and society. Daughter of influential U.S. Senator Nelson Aldrich and wife of industrialist John D. Rockefeller Jr., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948) tactfully managed to fulfill her own interests and abilities while also satisfying the demands of a difficult husband who adored her and resented anything (including their children) that diverted her attention from him. A pioneering art collector, she was the driving force behind the founding of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art and encouraged a new appreciation of American folk art through her gifts to Colonial Williamsburg, the 18th-century Virginia town restored with her husband's money. She also nudged the notoriously conservative Rockefeller family towards broader-based philanthropy and raised her six children--Babs, John 3rd, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop and David--with a commitment to public service that the siblings still honor. In this elegantly written, carefully researched and psychologically astute biography, Abby Rockefeller emerges as a loveable and intelligent woman who wielded her great privilege to a variety of socially beneficial ends. Photos. (Oct.)
Library Journal
On October 9, 1901, the daughter of a conservative U.S. senator married the son of the richest man in America. Their union produced five children, a powerful foundation, and the first major museum devoted to modern art in the country. In this exhaustively researched biography, Kert ( The Hemingway Women , LJ 5/15/83) recounts the life of intelligent, extroverted Abby Aldrich and her marriage to John D. Rockefeller Jr. The author argues convincingly that it was Abby who humanized shy, religious John Jr., persuading him to renounce business in favor of philanthropy. Abby also founded the Museum of Modern Art (with friends Lillie Bliss and Mary Sullivan) and guided it from behind the scenes for many years. Highly recommended. --Caroline Mitchell, Washington, D.C.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812970449
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 8.02(h) x 1.19(d)

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