Books: The Dollar Princesses

HEIRESSES AND CORONETS (282 pp.)—Elizabeth Eliot—McDowell, Obolensky


Exactly half a century ago, the New York Journal set out to protect the non-working girl, or U.S. heiress, from titled European fortune hunters. The newspaper printed a kind of form sheet of the international marital sweepstakes under the headings: American Heiress, Her Fortune. Man She Married. How He Treated Her. Samples:

¶ Anna Gould, $15,000,000, Count Boni de Castellane, who spent her money on other women, abused and struck her. ¶Lilian May, $1,000,000, Lord Bagot, who stopped her from taking her child to church.

¶ May...

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