Empty Mansions : The Mysterious Story of Huguette Clark and the Loss of One of the World’s Greatest Fortunes
by Bill Dedman, Paul Clark Newell
Editor: Random House USA Inc
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES bestseller NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Janet Maslin, The New York Times – Saint-Louis Post-Dispatch Look for special functions indoorsJoin the Random House Circle Reader for Cat Writer and moreWhen Pulitzer Prize winner journalist Bill Dedman noticed in 2009 a large house for sale, vacant for nearly sixty years, he stumbled through an amazing portal in American historyEmpty mansions is a rich mystery of wealth and loss, connecting the Golden Age of opulence of the nineteenth century with a twenty-first century, the battle of over $300 million of heritageHer heart is a reclusive heiress named Huguette Clark, a woman as secret as, at the time of her death at the age of 104, no new picture of her had been seen for decades.If she has sumptuous home ownership in California, New York and Connecticut, why had she lived for twenty years in a single hospital room, despite being in excellent healthWhy were his valuables being soldWas she in control of her wealth, or was she controlled by persons entrusted with the management of her moneyDedman collaborated with Huguette Clark’s cousin, Paul Clark Newell, Jr., one of the few loved ones to have frequent conversations with herDedman and Newell tell a fairy tale in the opposite direction: the brilliant, talented, girl born into a family of extreme wealth and privilege, who secrets herself away from the outside worldHuguette was the daughter of industrial copper WAClark, almost as rich as the Rockefeller, in his day a polemic senator, railroad builder, and the founder of Las VegasShe grew up in the largest house in New York City, a remarkable home with 121 rooms for a family of four.She owned paintings by Degas and Renoir, the famous Stradivarius violin, a vast collection of antique dolls.But wanting more treasures, she devoted her fortune to buying gifts for friends and strangers, quietly pursuing her own work as an artist, and to keeping
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