ANNE DE COURCY AND ‘THE HUSBAND HUNTERS: SOCIAL CLIMBING IN
LONDON AND NEW YORK’
THURSDAY 14th MARCH 2019.
Anne de Courcy’s ‘The Husband Hunters’ explores how a shift in British high society came about, around the end of the 19th century, with the arrival of a group of young American heiresses. From 1874 – when the first known ‘Dollar Princess’, Jennie Jerome wed Lord Randolph Churchill – to 1905, dozens like her married into the British peerage, bringing with them the fabulous wealth, glamour and sophistication of the Gilded Age.
Fifty years earlier they would have been regarded as denizens of another world. The citadel of power, privilege and breeding in which this country’s titled, land-owning governing class had barricaded itself for so long was breached with such marriages.
The stories of these young women and their families are set in the context of their times. Based on extensive first-hand research, drawing on diaries, memoirs and letters, this richly entertaining group biography reveals what the heiresses thought of their new lives in England – and what England thought of them.
Well-known writer and journalist, Anne de Courcy was formerly Woman’s Editor of the London Evening News. In the 1980s she became a columnist, feature-writer and sections editor for the Evening Standard, after which she joined the Daily Mail as a feature writer. She currently reviews for the Daily Telegraph. Her previous books include The English in Love; 1939: The Last Season (reissued 2003); Society’s Queen (reissued 2004); The Viceroy’s Daughters (2000); Diana Mosley (2003); Debs at War (2005); Snowdon: The Biography (2008); The Fishing Fleet (2012) and Margot at War: Love and Betrayal in Downing Street (2014).
After the talk, there will be a book signing and sales session for ‘The Husband Hunters’ (not included in ticket price).
Drinks and book signing session: 7.15pm – 8pm
Price: £15 per person to include a glass of fizz and canapés (following the talk)
Tickets to attend must be reserved in advance by contacting the hotel’s sales office on
020 7935 8131 (Ext. 705) or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.