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From the Editor

From a young age, we Americans are instilled with the dream that we can achieve anything, if only we work hard enough. You could be an entrepreneur, an astronaut…you could even grow up to marry a prince. After all, it happened to Allene Tew, a rural all-American girl who, in the late 1900s, reinvented herself first as a high society New York doyenne and then as European royalty.

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

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“Set against the tumultuous history of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, this biography is certainly entertaining, but it is also a fascinating story about a remarkable woman’s indomitable spirit and will to survive. A concise, thoughtful, and well-researched biography.” Kirkus Reviews

“Readers will love this captivating true story of triumph, and the pursuit of the American Dream.” SheReads

“What could I choose, but Diarmaid MacCulloch’s masterly Thomas Cromwell: A Life, published by Allen Lane? For those less Tudor, An American Princess by Annejet van der Zijl (AmazonCrossing, trans. Michele Hutchinson) is the story of Allene Tew, a small-town banker’s daughter five times wed, to gamblers, stockbrokers, finally royals. Light and gracefully written, it dances through a century of history, costing out the American dream like a feminine complement to the National Theatre’s absorbing Lehman Trilogy.” —Hilary Mantel, from the Guardian’s “Best Books of 2018”

About the Author

Annejet van der Zijl is one of the best-known and most widely read literary nonfiction writers in the Netherlands. She has written biographies of Dutch children’s author Annie M. G. Schmidt; Prince Bernhard, the husband of former Dutch queen Juliana; and Gerard Heineken, founder of the famous beer empire; as well as other works. Her nonfiction has been awarded the M. J. Brusse Prize for the best work of journalism and has been nominated for the Golden Owl and the AKO Literary Prize. An American Princess spent more than fifteen weeks at the top of the national bestseller list in the Netherlands and was short-listed for the Libris History Prize. In 2012, she was awarded the Golden Quill for her entire oeuvre.


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  • File Size: 19712 KB
  • Print Length: 225 pages
  • Publisher: Amazon Crossing (May 1, 2018)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073XJL13C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,108 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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