The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy by Nathaniel BurtThe Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy by Nathaniel Burt

The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy

byNathaniel Burt, Roger W. Moss

Paperback | May 1, 1999

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"The Perennial Philadelphians" tells the story of the city's inherited aristocracy--of Wanamakers and Drexels, of Biddles and Cadwaladers. Drawing on history, genealogy, politics, economics, the fine arts, private diaries, and the impressions and anecdotes of myriad living witnesses, Nathaniel Burt paints a fascinating portrait of Old Philadelphians. He traces the succession of a dynasty of doctors or lawyers, explores the country club scene, and takes us to regattas on the Schuylkill, fox hunts in Radnor, and horse shows in Devon. First published in 1963, this classic text has lost none of its timeliness. An adept social commentator, Burt cuts aside the centuries-old protective coloration in which Old Philadelphians have wrapped themselves, and reveals who these people are and how they manage to perpetuate themselves from generation to generation.

Title:The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American AristocracyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:640 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 1.61 inPublished:May 1, 1999Publisher:University Of Pennsylvania PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0812216938

ISBN - 13:9780812216936

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The Old Philadelphians are at the centre of this fascinating work of history. Author Nathaniel Burt has conjured a vivid and lively picture of Philadelphia`s inherited aristocracy including the Wanamakers, Drexels, Biddles and Cadwaladers. Burt manages to strip the wealthy Philadelphians of their self applied mystique to show readers how they manage to perpetuate themselves generation after generation with The Perennial Philadelphians: The Anatomy of an American Aristocracy. This unique volume features a foreword by Roger W. Moss.