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Embers of childhood : growing up a Whitney / Flora Miller Biddle.

Author/Creator:
Biddle, Flora Miller author.
Standardized Title:
Embers
Edition:
First Arcade edition.
Publication:
New York : Arcade Publishing, 2019. , ©2011
Format/Description:
Book
312 pages : illustrations (some color), genealogical tables ; cm
Subjects:
Biddle, Flora Miller.
Whitney family.
Whitney Museum of American Art.
Art patrons -- United States -- Biography.
Arts administrators -- United States -- Biography.
Form/Genre:
Autobiographies.
Summary:
"A Look into the Privileged World of the American Aristocracy of the Early Twentieth Century Flora Miller Biddle was born a blue-blood. The granddaughter of the Whitney museum founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, her childhood played out in a sort of Wharton landscape as she was shielded from the woes of the world. But money itself is not the source of happiness. Glimpses into the elegance of a Vanderbilt ball thrown by her great-grandparents and the yearly production of traveling from her childhood homeon Long Island to their summer home in Aiken, South Carolina, are measured against memoires of strict governesses with stricter rules in a childhood separate from her parents, despite being in the same house, and the ever-present pressure to measure up in her studies and lessons. As Flora steps back in time to trace the origins of her family's fortune and where it stands today, she takes a discerning look at how wealth and excess shaped her life, for better and for worse. In this wonderfully evocative memoir, Flora Miller Biddle examines, critiques, and pays homage to the people and places of her childhood that shaped her life"-- Provided by publisher.
Notes:
"Originally published by Plumley Press under the title Embers."
Local notes:
Athenaeum copy: Beardwood Fund bookplate.
Other format:
Online version:
Biddle, Flora Miller. Embers of childhood
Online version: Biddle, Flora Miller, author. Embers of childhood
ISBN:
9781948924009
1948924005
OCLC:
1080556133
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