The First 400: Mrs. Astor's New York in the Guilded Ageby Jerry E. Patterson
The only book to cover Mrs. Astor's famous list, The First 400 documents the ostentation, tastes, and unbridled frivolity of New York's elite during the Gilded Age. Representing the number of people that could comfortably fit into the Fifth Avenue ballroom of society's undisputed leader without "vulgar overcrowding", The Four Hundred were heralded as the highest-ranking celebrities of the day. With captivating historical photographs, this volume provides insightful and hilarious accounts of the activities of such luminaries as the Vanderbilts, Grants, Whitneys, and Morgans, along with some not-so-well-remembered socialites of this pre-income-tax era.
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THIS BOOK PROVIDED MERELY A VAGUE OVERVIEW OF THIS FASCINATING PERIOD OF POMP AND CIRCUMSTANCE IN AMERICA'S FOREMOST SOCIAL CIRCLES. INSTEAD OF GATHERING AN IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF THE MANY ACTORS IN THE GREAT DRAMA OF GILDED AGE HIGH SOCIETY, MR. PATTERSON DREDGED UP THE SAME ANECDOTES RECORDED IN NEARLY EVERY OTHER BOOK ABOUT THIS PERIOD. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NICE TO READ SOMETHING ORIGINAL ABOUT THE GILDED AGE.