The Richest Woman in America

Having already profiled Gertrude Bell, biographer Janet Wallach turns her attention to another exceptional woman of yesteryear, but one who was almost the polar opposite of the public-minded Bell. From humble origins, Hetty Green amassed a fortune, all on her own uncompromising terms. Yet she had a tender side, which Wallach balances with her fiscal savvy.

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Donna Tartt's The Goldfinch is the winner of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. James Parker calls this Dickensian coming-of-age novel "an enveloping…