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To marry an English Lord
MacColl, Gail
Adult Nonfiction F128.47 .M16 1989

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From Publishers' Weekly:

This delightful account of how American heiresses in the post-Civil War era packed up their trunks and went husband-hunting in England demonstrates that our national infatuation with British aristocracy is nothing new. The young women had good looks and big bucks; the often debt-ridden Brits had titles, castles and a society that was ``more stimulating and more permissive, more leisurely and more sophisticated than Old New York.'' MacColl and Wallace (editor of and contributor to, respectively, The Preppy Handbook ) chronicle the lives of the rich and famous on both sides of the ocean, dishing up spicy gossip, pithy social commentary (by 1910, ``Society in America became more sure of itself. Social climbers no longer needed titles for legitimacy'') and obscure historical tidbits (because they were almost never allowed to sit in Queen Victoria's presence, her ladies-in-waiting ``habitually bought shoes a size too big since their feet swelled so badly''). The book also includes witty profiles of leading American ladies and their British lords, piquant period photographs and handy tips on proper etiquette, such as ``Any man who reverses changes the direction in which he's spinning his partner during a waltz is a cad.'' BOMC alternate. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Large fortunes were made in post-Civil War America. Young heiresses, cold-shouldered by an entrenched aristocracy that scorned new money, looked across the sea to find husbands among titled young Englishmen who were long on status but very short of cash. Nancy Astor and Jennie Churchill are the most famous of more than 100 of these trans-Atlantic brides. This light-hearted bit of social history is lavishly illustrated and bedecked with sidebars and boxes of charts, lively quotes, and other supplementary material. A full register of these enterprising young ladies and a ``Walking Tour'' are included. Not only fun, but a definitive round-up of the players. Recommended.-- Nancy C. Cridland, Indiana Univ. Libs., Bloomington (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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