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The Phantom Of Fifth Avenue

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THE PHANTOM OF FIFTH AVENUE Meryl Gordon

The Phantom of Fifth Avenue

type:
Book
Current Status:
In Season
author:
Meryl Gordon
publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
genre:
Biography

We gave it an A-

She was a pampered Jazz Age socialite — once the toast of Manhattan society — who grew up in a 121-room house, the biggest in New York City; her father, a copper magnate, was one of the richest men in the country. And yet when Huguette Clark died in 2011 at age 104, almost no one remembered who she was. She had sequestered herself, first in her apartment and then in a hospital room, for decades. Even members of her own family had not seen her since 1968. How a vibrant young woman morphed into a doll-collecting recluse who spent her afternoons watching The Flintstones sounds like a dreary tale, and at times, it is. But as Gordon’s fine reporting reveals, it’s also a deeply fascinating one. A-