The Beautiful and the Damned

Divorce Pulitzer-style: the wild side of high society

Florida has plenty of small towns, but one is famous above all the rest: Palm Beach (pop. 9,700) is a plush, pastel resort for the very rich. Florida also has plenty of divorces: 75,000 last year, more than any other state but California and Texas. But the divorce trial under way at the Palm Beach County courthouse has, like the town, achieved an overcharged notoriety. For starters there is a prize surname: Herbert ("Peter") Pulitzer Jr., 52, who filed suit to dissolve his six-year marriage to...

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