Allene is the real-life heroine of the biography An American Princess, an incredible rags-to-riches story that takes us around the world—through world wars, the soaring and crashing of financial markets, and the great flu pandemic. Neither her wealth nor connections sheltered Allene from death, divorce, or the economic turmoil that was endemic at the turn of the twentieth century.
Through it all, however, Allene made the most of her opportunities and refused to succumb to depression or despair. Allene’s letters frequently proclaimed that we must have “courage all the time,” a motto that still rings out to me when I need it most, even long after I’ve closed the book.
Author Annejet van der Zijl—dubbed “Queen of Literary Nonfiction” in her native Netherlands—is a masterful storyteller who both gives us the historical context of the era and makes the personalities come to life. An American Princess has thrilled over two hundred thousand readers in the original Dutch. It’s a genuine pleasure to bring this author to an English-speaking audience and reintroduce her subject, Allene Tew, to her countrymen and women.
- Elizabeth DeNoma, Editor