Five Sisters

Five Sisters

The Langhornes of Virginia

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Chronicles the lives of the Langhorne sisters, who lived amid Virginia's high society from the end of the Civil War through World War II.

Simon and Schuster
The author of the bestseller White Mischief tells the story of the beautiful Langhorne sisters, who lived at the Pinnacle of high and powerful society from the end of the Civil War through the Second World War. Making their way across two continents, they left in their wakes rich husbands, fame, adoration, and scandal. Lizzie, Irene, Nancy, Phyllis, and Nora were born in Virginia to a family impoverished by the Civil War. Their father remade his fortune by collaborating with the Yankees and building rail-roads; the sisters became southern belles and northern debutantes. James Fox draws on unpublished correspondence between the sisters and their husbands, lovers, children, and the powerful and glamorous of their day to construct a plural topography with the scope of a grand novel and the pace of a historical thriller. At its center is the most famous sister, Nancy, who married Waldorf Astor, one of the richest men in the world. Heroic, hilarious, magnetically charming, and a bully, Lady Astor became Britain's first female MP, championing women's rights and the poor. The beautiful Irene married Charles Dana Gibson and was the model for the Gibson Girl. The author's grandmother, Phyllis, married a famous economist, one of the architects of modern Europe. Fox has written an absorbing and spirited, intimate and sweeping account of extraordinary women at the highest reaches of society, their adventures set against the background of a tumultuous century.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2000]
Copyright Date: ©2000
ISBN: 9780684808123
0684808129
Branch Call Number: 975.504 LANGH FOX
Characteristics: 496 pages, 32 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
Notes: Previously published as: The Langhorne sisters. 1998

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