18 May 2018, by SydneySchelvis
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Annejet van der Zijl's "An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew" is now available on Amazon. It is the first time that one of her works has been translated into English and is distributed internationally.
An American Princess: The Many Lives of Allene Tew (AmazonCrossing, May 1, 2018) is the true story of a young girl in the Gilded Age who lives the American Dream and was one of the first
Americans to become a princess.
Born to a pioneering family in Upstate New York in the late 1800s, Allene Tew was beautiful, impetuous, and frustrated by the confines of her small hometown. At eighteen, she met Tod Hostetter,
a mercurial charmer and heir to one of the wealthiest families in America. They wed and had three children. But, twelve years later, after Tod died suddenly and her three children had died tragically,
Allene moved to New York City with the motto, “Courage All The Time.” Van der Zijl writes, “Clearly a child of the nineteenth century, Allene hadn’t yet been infected with the modern idea that grief was a thing that needed to be processed or could even be healed, preferably by talking a lot. For the Victorians, fate was simply something to be borne, and that is what she did, without complaining.”
From the vantage point of the American upper class, Allene embodied the tumultuous Gilded Age. Over the course of four more marriages, she weathered personal tragedies during World War I and the catastrophic financial reversals of the crash of 1929. From the castles and châteaus of Europe, she witnessed the Russian Revolution and became a princess. And from the hopes of a young girl from Jamestown, New York, Allene Tew would become the epitome of both a pursuer and survivor of the American Dream.
Annejet van der Zijl’s sweeping biography tells the adventurous life story of Allene Tew while giving readers a fascinating history of America at the turn of the century through World War II. Publishing just in time for another American royal wedding, consider this bestselling biography for coverage in May.
Author Annejet van der Zijl is known as the “Queen of Narrative Nonfiction” in her home of the Netherlands. She has written biographies of Dutch children’s author Annie M.G. Schmidt; Prince Bernhard, the husband of former Dutch queen Julianna; and Gerard Heineken, founder of the famous beer empire. She’s been awarded the country’s top journalism awards and in 2012 she received the Golden Quill for her entire oeuvre.
Now, for the first time, her work has been translated into English by Michele Hutchison. Annejet van der Zijl’s biography of American socialite turned aristocrat, Allene Tew spent fifteen weeks at the top of the national bestseller list in the Netherlands and is now available to English-language readers.