The Vanderbilt Feud, The Fabulous Story of Grace Wilson Vanderbilt
Vanderbilt, Cornelius, Jr. The Vanderbilt Feud, The Fabulous Story of Grace Wilson Vanderbilt. First English Edition. 1957. Book and dust jacket are both in very good minus condition—endpapers show mild discoloration, and jacket spine ends show fraying.
By the 1940s, Grace Wilson Vanderbilt was the queen of New York society. This biography by her son, recounts how hard she worked to sit upon that throne (the game she played, if you will). The problem was the senior Vanderbilts did not approve of Grace for their son Cornelius and a bitter feud erupted when he married her against their wishes. Grace never spoke of the quarrel or its cause to Cornelius, Jr., and here, he retraces his parents’ steps through the cottages of Newport and Gilded Age society in order to uncover the mystery.
“When Mother rented Lord Brownlow’s house in London in 1921, she had all the third-floor rooms and passages done over, adding a new bathroom, buying new carpets and new blinds throughout, and installing new electric wiring in all the rooms. All this for a house she occupied for only a few months!”
--Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr.