“King Lehr” and the Gilded Age. Signed by Elizabeth Drexel Lehr
[Signed] Lehr, Elizabeth Drexel. “King Lehr” and the Gilded Age. Third Printing. 1935. Book is in very good minus condition; dust jacket is in good condition—jacket shows chipping and tears but presents well due to facsimile underlay. Book is signed “To *** with best regards from the author, Elizabeth Drexel Lehr.”
Nearly every aspect of this extraordinary tale suggests Edith Wharton—its refinement, the Gilded Age backdrop, and especially the plot. Yet there is one major difference. This story is entirely true and depicts a love that dared never speak its name in any of Wharton’s fiction. Elizabeth Drexel recounts her difficult marriage to the charming crown prince of New York society Harry Lehr, with frequent reference to the journals she discovered after his death and the insight they added.
“I live not on my wits, but on my wit. I make a career of being popular.”