Public and Private Discourses, 1960–3
The House of Five Talents, published in September 1960, is a novel in the form of a family memoir. It is written by Augusta — ‘Gussie’ — Milliner, a granddaughter of the business tycoon Julius Millinder, a German-Jewish immigrant who upon his death in 1886 left behind a fortune of around $100 million. Julius Millinder’s death forms the starting-point of Gussie’s memoir. She is not concerned with the tycoon himself and the making of his fortune: his biography has already been written by another member of the family. Instead, her concern is with his descendants, with their inheritance of the Millinder fortune, and with the social and psychological destiny that results from the possession of that money.
KeywordsSocial Life Social Morality Private Discourse Social Prominence York Society
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