Phillip Van Rensselaer, Rich Was Better
Rensselaer, Philip Van. Rich Was Better. First Edition. 1990. Book is in very good condition; dust jacket is in very good minus condition.
“I no longer have as many friends as I used to—honesty somehow doesn’t make for popularity.”
This whirlwind memoir calls to mind F. Scott Fitzgerald and his most famous saying. Only the corollary here is that even when the rich are in fact poor, they remain very different. From one of America’s oldest families, Van Rensselaer was turned out of the Social Register for his close association with tabloid princess Barbara Hutton. His income fluctuated wildly, but his grand spending habits remained constant. He survived on charisma and vapor for decades. That famous charm is evident in this book as he relates his experiences with the jet set, from Hollywood to the Riviera and from Elsa Maxwell to Andy Warhol.
--Philip Van Rensselaer