BUY FROM AMAZON
THE LANDED GENTRY:
PASSIONS AND PERSONALITIES
INSIDE AMERICA'S PROPERTIED CLASS
(1978)

AUTHOR'S INSIGHTS
THIS IS NOT AN EASY BOOK TO FIND. PUBLISHED TO RAVE REVIEWS, IT FELL INTO OBLIVION, MOST OF THE BOOKS HAVING BEEN DESTROYED BY A FLOOD IN THE WAREHOUSE. THIS WAS MY SECOND NONFICTION BOOK, AND MY FIRST ATTEMPT AT COMPREHENDING MY OWN BACKGROUND AND SOCIAL CONDITIONING. I THINK WE ALWAYS WRITE IN AN EFFORT TO UNDERSTAND – TO CREATE ORDER OUT OF CHAOS. AFTER ALL, IF YOU ALREADY THINK YOU COMPREHEND, WHY WOULD YOU TAKE YEARS TO WRITE A BOOK?

THIS BOOK IS ABOUT OLD MONEY AND HOWTHE POSSESSION OF INHERITED WEALTH AFFECTS THOSE WHO RECEIVE IT. TIMES HAVE CHANGED A LOT SINCE THIS WORK CAME OUT, BUT YOU STILL FIND THESE POCKETS OF SOCIAL AND CLASS RIGIDITY.YOU CAN SERVE ON THE BOARD OF THE LOCAL MUSEUM, FOR EXAMPLE, OR HOSPITAL OR SYMPHONY, BUT GOD HELP YOU IF YOU WANT TO BE A VIOLINIST OR DANCER OR ARTIST! OH, THERE'S A LOT IN THIS BOOK ABOUT LAND AND WEALTH IN AMERICA, SOME LIVING LIKE RUSSIAN NOBLES AND OTHERS STRUGGLING TO HOLD ONTO LAND THAT'S BEEN IN THEIR FAMILY FOR NINE GENERATIONS. IT IS FULL OF STORIES OF A SECRET, HIDDEN WORLD.