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The melancholy & danger of inherited wealth

Trapped in a silk-draped Venn diagram with the socialite and hostess, the heiress has been an unfair object of ridicule

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HEIRESSES: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies

Alexandra Jacobs | NYT
HEIRESSES: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies
Author: Laura Thompson
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Price: $29.99
Pages: 378

You might think that being an heiress is all fun and games —actual games, like whist, or tag in a topiary maze —but to read Laura Thompson’s new book, Heiresses: The Lives of the Million Dollar Babies, is to apprehend two serious risks you may not have considered: (1) getting kidnapped and (2) boredom.

We’re not talking about a little mild ennui (Anglo-American heiresses, the focus of Ms Thompson’s scrutiny, often prefer French words, like le gratin for high society or bel homme for a particularly toothsome

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First Published: Feb 20 2022 | 11:10 PM IST

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