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Author Prioleau, Betsy, 1942- author.

Title Diamonds and deadlines : a tale of greed, deceit, and a female tycoon in the gilded age / Betsy Prioleau.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Abrams Press, 2022.
Location Call No. Status
 Naper Blvd. Adult Biography  BIO LESLIE    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Biography  BIO LESLIE    DUE 01-05-24
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Description 357 pages, 16 unnumbered leaves of unnumbered plates : illusrations ; 24 cm
Contents The empress of journalism -- "Delicate Huguenot exotic": New Orleans, 1883 -- Demimonde: 1856-1860 -- "Domestic treachery": 1867-1868 -- "The Grand Seigneur of Publishers' Row": 1873-78 -- "A bitter pill": 1878-1881 -- "Queen of Park Place": 1881-1883 -- "Cheated by sentiment": 1884-1889 -- "Fascinating woman": 1890-1895 -- "Long vacation": 1895-1898 -- Tout ou Rien: 1898-1917 -- The legacy.
Summary "Among the fabled tycoons of the Gilded Age--Carnegie, Rockefeller, Vanderbilt--is a forgotten figure: Mrs. Frank Leslie. For twenty years she ran the country's largest publishing company, Frank Leslie Publishing, which chronicled postbellum America in dozens of weeklies and monthlies. A pioneer in an all-male industry, she made a fortune and became a national celebrity and tastemaker in the process. But Miriam Leslie was also a byword for scandal: She flouted feminine convention, took lovers, married four times, and harbored unsavory secrets that she concealed through a skein of lies and multiple personas. Both before and after her lifetime, glimpses of the truth emerged, including an illegitimate birth and a checkered youth. Diamonds & Deadlines reveals the unknown, sensational life of the brilliant and brazen "empress of journalism," who dropped a bombshell at her death: She left her entire multimillion-dollar estate to women's suffrage--a never-equaled amount that guaranteed passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. In this dazzling biography, cultural historian Betsy Prioleau draws from diaries, genealogies, and published works to provide an intimate look at the life of one of the Gilded Age's most complex, powerful women and unexpected feminist icons. Ultimately, Diamonds and Deadlines restores Mrs. Frank Leslie to her rightful place in history, as a monumental businesswoman who presaged the feminist future and reflected, in bold relief, the Gilded Age, one of the most momentous, seismic, and vivid epochs in American history"-- Amazon.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subject Leslie, Frank, Mrs., 1836-1914.
Scandals -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Women publishers -- United States -- Biography.
Billionaires -- United States -- Biography.
Businesswomen -- United States -- Biography.
United States -- History -- 1865-1921.
Genre Biographies.
ISBN 9781468314502 (hardcover)
1468314505 (hardcover)
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