Publisher:University of South Carolina Press, 2006Note: This book was purchased with support from the Government of Canada's Social Development Partnerships Program - Disability Component.
- Author: Miller, Mary E.Date:Created2006Summary:
Belle W. Baruch (1899–1964) could outride, outshoot, outhunt and outsail most of the young men of her elite social circle — abilities that distanced her from other debutantes of 1917. Unapologetic for her athleticism and interests in traditionally masculine pursuits, Baruch towered above male and female counterparts in height and daring. While she is known today for the wildlife conservation and biological research center on the South Carolina coast that bears her family name, Belle's story is a rich narrative about one nonconformist's ties to the land. In Baroness of Hobcaw, Mary E. Miller provides a provocative portrait of this unorthodox woman who gave a gift of monumental importance to the scientific community. Belle's father Bernard M. Baruch, the so-called Wolf of Wall Street, held sway over the financial and diplomatic world of the early twentieth century and served as an adviser to seven U.S. presidents. In 1905, he bought Hobcaw Barony, a sprawling seaside retreat where he entertained the likes of Churchill and F.D.R. Belle's daily life at Hobcaw reflects the world of wealthy northerners, including the Vanderbilts and Luces, who bought tracts of southern acreage. Miller details Belle's exploits — fox hunting at Hobcaw, show jumping at Deauville, flying her own plane, traveling with Edith Bolling Wilson and patrolling the South Carolina beach for spies during World War II. Belle's story also reveals her efforts to win her mother's approval and her father's attention, as well as her unraveling relationships with friends, family, employees and lovers — both male and female. Miller describes Belle's final success in saving Hobcaw from development as the overarching triumph of a tempestuous life.Subject(s): Pacifists | United States | South Carolina | South Carolina--Hobcaw Barony | Environmentalists | Feminists | Horsemanship | Baruch, Belle Wilcox, 1899-1964Original Publisher: Columbia, University of South Carolina PressLanguage(s): EnglishISBN: 9781611172119