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Dead End Gene Pool

Monday, April 05, 2010

Wendy Burden, talks about growing up the great-great-great-great granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt. Her memoir Dead End Gene Pool is a glimpse into one of the wealthiest families in New York that, by the time of her birth, were seen as doomed bluebloods in financial and moral decline.

Event: Wendy Burden will be reading and signing books
Tuesday, April 6, at 6:00 pm
Corner Bookstore
1313 Madison Avenue

Guests:

Wendy Burden,
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Comments [3]

Allison from Rochester NY

Although I only met them a handful of times as a child I have vivid memories of Christmas eve visits with Ms. Burden's grandparents at their Mt. Kisco estate.

Her grandparents were gracious and seemed generally interested in my siblilngs and I. However their home was a risky place to take young, energic children and I remember my grandfather getting pretty tense about the whole affair. There was a lot of pressure to be on our best behavior and ask permission before doing anything. (Although I did spy on Ordway when no one was paying attention. LOL) If Alec was there he would take us to the kitchen for cookies and a peek at the blue and gold Macaws, (Henry and Herrietta??) This was the highlight of the evening for us :-).

This is really tough stuff. I've often wondered how she and her siblings faired. Wishing her the best. I look forward to the read.

May. 31 2011 11:09 PM
George from Astoria

These are wild stories.. thanks for sharing them.

Apr. 05 2010 12:58 PM
Merrill J. Clark, Esq. from NY,NY

How old is Ms. Burden so we can determine the era?

Apr. 05 2010 12:54 PM

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