The Glitter and the Gold: The American Duchess---In Her Own Wordsby Consuelo Vanderbilt Balsan, Coleen Marlo
Consuelo Vanderbilt was young, beautiful and the heir to a vast family fortune. She was also deeply in love with an American suitor when her mother chose instead for her to fulfill her social ambitions and marry an English Duke. Leaving her life in America, she came to England as the Duchess of Marlborough in 1895 and took up residence in her new home—Blenheim Palace.The ninth Duchess gives unique first-hand insight into life at the very pinnacle of English society in the Edwardian era. An unsnobbish, but often amused observer of the intricate hierarchy both upstairs and downstairs at Blenheim Palace, she is also a revealing witness to the glittering balls, huge weekend parties and major state occasions she attended or hosted. Here are her encounters with every important figure of the day—from Queen Victoria, Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to Tsar Nicholas, Prince Metternich and the young Winston Churchill.This intimate, richly enjoyable memoir is a wonderfully revealing portrait of a golden age.
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Coleen Marlo is an accomplished actor and multi-award-winning audiobook voice artist and producer. In 2010 she was named Audiobook Narrator of the Year by Publishers Weekly, and she won the Audie Award for Literary Fiction in 2011. She has won numerous Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Awards and is an AudioFile Earphones Award winner.
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This autobiographical book is not very deep or reflective but it offers a view on the upper classes before and after the Great War. If you ever have the opportunity to tour Marble House in Newport, RI or Blenheim Palace in England (the only great house to be deemed palace outside of royal residences), this book provides the background to make the visit come alive.
I am still reading this book. I received it in record time and in great shape from the seller; so far, I am enjoying the book. The author provides not only her biography but the history that surrounded it. O look forward to finishing a good read.
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