The Big Spenders

The Big Spenders

Book - 2009
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The Big Spenders was Lucius Beebe's last and many think his best book. In it he describes the consumption of the Gilded Age. Beebe enjoys it all immensely, and so do we his readers, whether it is James Gordon Bennett buying a Monte Carlo restaurant because he was refused a seat by the window, or Spencer Penrose leaving a bedside memo reminding himself not to spend more than $1 million the next day.

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Rather than criticize the fabulously wealthy of the first half of the 20th century for their wildly extravagant and massive expenditures, Lucius Beebe was far more likely to criticize them for tasteless extravagance. New York City's celebrated snob, gossip, and man about town, Beebe (1902-1966) launched a newspaper column in 1933 in which he described the affairs of high society in great detail. This collection of Beebe's writings exhibits his ability to be both funny and snide, while opening a window into the lives of the fabulously wealthy. This book is a reprint of a 1966 Doubleday edition. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Mount Jackson, VA : Axios Press, 2009
ISBN: 9781604190069
Characteristics: p ; cm


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