The Clarks of Cooperstown In Clarks of Cooperstown , Nicholas Fox Weber immortalizes New York's quirky Clark dynasty, whose pre-WWI fortune was spun from patriarch Edward's Singer sewing machine… The Clarks of Cooperstown In Clarks of Cooperstown , Nicholas Fox Weber immortalizes New York's quirky Clark dynasty, whose pre-WWI fortune was spun from patriarch Edward's Singer sewing machine… 2007-05-08 History Nonfiction Knopf
Book Review

The Clarks of Cooperstown (2007)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: May 08, 2007; Writer: Nicholas Fox Weber; Genres: History, Nonfiction; Publisher: Knopf

In Clarks of Cooperstown, Nicholas Fox Weber immortalizes New York's quirky Clark dynasty, whose pre-WWI fortune was spun from patriarch Edward's Singer sewing machine firm. The clan was consumed by decades-long feuds and an obsession with art (son Stephen helped found NYC's Museum of Modern Art). The anecdotes are salacious, particularly one concerning the vulgar sexual preferences of a family friend, sculptor George Barnard. Meanwhile, charismatic Sterling — with his reckless spending, horseback riding, and military adventures in China — could have stepped out of a page-turning historical novel. A-

Originally posted May 11, 2007 Published in issue #934 May 18, 2007 Order article reprints
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