Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort

Gilded: How Newport Became America's Richest Resort

by Deborah Davis (2)
     
 

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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

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

The grand mansions of Newport didn't just happen. Over several eventful decades, the seaside Rhode Island town gradually evolved from a relatively modest summer retreat into the most opulent resort of America's Gilded Age. In Gilded, Deborah Davis escorts us like a seasoned tour guide through the development of an affluent community where the Astors and the Vanderbilts mingled.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470730249
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
09/25/2009
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
403,514
File size:
4 MB

Meet the Author

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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