The first complete biography of the founder of New York City's Museum of Modern Art. In 1901, Abby Aldrich married John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and set about transforming the fabulously wealthy but closed-minded Rockefellers into the progressive force in philanthropy, the arts, and politics we know today. Photos.The first complete biography of the founder of New York City's Museum of Modern Art. In 1901, Abby Aldrich married John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and set about transforming the fabulously wealthy but closed-minded Rockefellers into the progressive force in philanthropy, the arts, and politics we know today. Photos.Read Less
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Abby Rockefeller was one of the century's great women and Kert's biography is worthy of the subject. Fascinating on many levels but for anyone interested in American modern art, this is essential reading.
Publishers Weekly, 1993-08-09 The author of Hemingway's Women , which offered new insights into the sources of that famously macho writer's creativity, once again illuminates the impact of a powerful female on American culture and society. Daughter of influential U.S. Senator Nelson Aldrich and wife of industrialist John D. Rockefeller Jr., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874-1948) tactfully managed to fulfill her own interests and abilities while also satisfying the demands of a difficult husband who adored her and resented anything (including their children) that diverted her attention from him. A pioneering art collector, she was the driving force behind the founding of Manhattan's Museum of Modern Art and encouraged a new appreciation of American folk art through her gifts to Colonial Williamsburg, the 18th-century Virginia town restored with her husband's money. She also nudged the notoriously conservative Rockefeller family towards broader-based philanthropy and raised her six children--Babs, John 3rd, Nelson, Laurance, Winthrop and David--with a commitment to public service that the siblings still honor. In this elegantly written, carefully researched and psychologically astute biography, Abby Rockefeller emerges as a loveable and intelligent woman who wielded her great privilege to a variety of socially beneficial ends. Photos. (Oct.)
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