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- DescriptionIn 1919, at the age of thirty-one, Helen Clay Frick inherited $38 million, becoming the richest single woman in America. These riches, however, came at a price. Helen's tumultuous early life was shaped by her father's infamy as a union strikebreaker and the ensuing attempt on his life, her mother's debilitating depression, and the death of her older sister and newborn brother about a year apart. Despite these events, Helen built a lumius legacy through her lifelong commitment to social welfare, the environment, and a supreme devotion to the visual arts.Helen's philanthropy touched the lives of thousands. Her contributions included a vacation home for young female textile workers, two wildlife preserves, one a public wilderness park, a Victorian-era house museum, a pre-Civil War historic Mennite village, a university fine arts department, two art history libraries, and the purchase of many significant works of art for her private collection, the Frick Collection in New York, the University of Pittsburgh teaching collection, and the Frick Art Museum.Through extensive period research and singular access to Frick family archives and Helen Clay Frick's personal writings, Martha Frick Symington Sanger fashions a multifaceted portrait of a complex, often misunderstood, yet indomitable humanitarian, philanthropist, and cultural force in twentieth-century America.
- Author BiographyMartha Frick Symington Sanger is the author of Henry Clay Frick: An Intimate Portrait and The Henry Clay Frick Houses: Architecture, Interiors, and Landscapes in the Golden Era. She is the great-granddaughter of Henry Clay Frick.
- Author(s)Martha Frick Symington Sanger
- PublisherUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
- Date of Publication15/02/2008
- SubjectBiography: General
- Place of PublicationPittsburgh PA
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Pittsburgh Press
- Content Note180 illustrations
- Weight2368 g
- Width203 mm
- Height254 mm
- Spine36 mm
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