Reflections in a Silver Spoon: A Memoir

Reflections in a Silver Spoon: A Memoir

by Paul Mellon, John Baskett

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Born in 1907 to the wealthy Pittsburgh, Pa., banking family, the author as a young man resisted his father's efforts to channel him into a business career, choosing instead to become a philanthropist. Written with art dealer Baskett ( The Horse in Art ) this chronological, somewhat prosaic account of Mellon's privileged existence is enlivened by a discussion of his parents' scandalous divorce in 1912, which eventually drove the son into therapy, first with C. G. Jung and later, more successfully, with a Freudian analyst. Mellon describes his chief passions--fox hunting, collecting impressionist art and horse racing--and discusses his involvement in the National Gallery and environmental causes. Photos not seen by PW. (Apr.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Mellon has devoted himself and his inherited fortune to art, philanthropy, and horse breeding. This autobiography rambles through a long life and many acquaintances in a comfortable, if slightly disorganized, fashion. Unfortunately, neither Mellon's pastimes nor his great wealth are automatically interesting. In fact, it all seems rather dull by the end of the book. For those interested in the Mellon philanthropies, such as the National Gallery or the Yale Center for British Art, there is some detail of their founding operations that might prove useful. However, Mellon's psychoanalysis by the Jungian and Freudian analysts and his opinions of his friends are less than gripping. At the same time, the recounting of the supposed cause of his angst, the 1912 divorce of his parents, provides a fascinating picture of the world and mores of the rich before World War I. Recommended only for the most comprehensive collections in philanthropy or biography. (Illustrations not seen.)-- Mary Jane Ballou, Ford Fdn. Lib., New York
The celebrated philanthropist writes of his life, with the help of his friend and advisor, John Baskett. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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