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Goldsmith, Barbara

Overview
Works: 35 works in 103 publications in 8 languages and 7,536 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction 
Classifications: QD22.C8, B
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Most widely held works by Barbara Goldsmith
Obsessive genius : the inner world of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
13 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 2,327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Draws on diaries, letters, and family interviews to discuss the lesser-known achievements and scientific insights of the Nobel Prize-winning scientist, documenting how she was compromised by the prejudices of a male-dominated society
Little Gloria ... happy at last by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
12 editions published between 1980 and 2011 in English and held by 1,905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The story of Glora Vanderbilt, who in 1934 was the object of a custody suit between her mother and her aunt
Other powers : the age of suffrage, spiritualism, and the scandalous Victoria Woodhull by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
16 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,850 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Includes material on Tennessee Claflin, Henry Ward Beecher, Lib and Theodore Tilton, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Anna Dickinson, Horace Greeley, and Anthony Comstock
Johnson v. Johnson by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
5 editions published between 1987 and 2013 in English and held by 902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
With the extraordinary investigative acumen and sensitive narrative skills that informed her best-selling Little Gloria . . . Happy at Last, Barbara Goldsmith now gives us the most sensational case of a contested will in American history'weaving a hypnotic tale of vast wealth and moral corruption. When J. Seward Johnson, the pharmaceutical heir, died in 1983 at the age of eighty-seven, his six children (each of whom was already in possession of an immense fortune) were outraged to learn that he had willed his entire $500-million estate to their stepmother Basia'a woman forty-two years Seward's junior, a Polish refugee who had once worked as a chambermaid in his household. They came to believe that Basia had used undue influence to "enchant" their father, prying his fortune away from him and turning him against his own children. They wanted "justice." The legal battle that followed spawned a seventeen-week-long trial, the involvement of 210 lawyers (some of whose behavior was legally and ethically questionable), $24 million in legal fees, and public disclosures of the often scandalous details of the lives of many of the parties involved, including attempted suicide, drug addiction, and accusations of a murder plot. Going beyond the courtroom itself, Goldsmith delves into the family's past and present, demonstrating that, from the start, the poisonous effects of overwhelming wealth were a tacit but powerfully felt subtext to the proceedings. From her insider's position, she reveals the true Johnson legacy'one of profound emotional damage. In their own voices Seward's children, his first wife, relatives, friends, employees, and Basia herself express their thoughts and feelings with a startling degree of frankness, revealing a past of incest, malignant neglect, and betrayal. Through this deepening of the story, Goldsmith has been able to elucidate the profoundly complex reasons why each of the Johnsons believed that what was most emphatically at stake was not financial remuneration but emotional reparation. Throughout the four-month trial, Goldsmith (who researched the case for over a year and examined thousands of pages of documentation) was in constant attendance, and she tells the dramatic story of what occurred in spellbinding detail. We see the contesting parties, their innumerable lawyers, and the trial's remarkable judge, Marie Lambert ("part Portia, part Tugboat Annie"), playing out their roles in a courtroom packed with press and spectators, and rife with animosity, mistrust, and uncontrolled emotions (which erupted into a near-riot and death threats against the judge). Goldsmith illuminates how and why, as the trial progressed, it was transmuted almost entirely into a battle among lawyers, about lawyers, and for lawyers. She provides a masterful and devastating indictment of American law and lawyers, seen here as an out-of-control juggernaut fueled by a seemingly inexhaustible supply of money. Family drama, courtroom drama, explosive psychological drama, a trenchant and sometimes shocking portrayal of lawyers at work today'Johnson v. Johnson is a brilliant synthesis of the legal, the social, and the human aspects of a society in disarray
The straw man by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
4 editions published between 1975 and 1976 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marie Curie : portrait intime d'une femme d'exception by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
4 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 59 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marie Curie : die erste Frau der Wissenschaft by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
6 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in German and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Eine aktuelle, auf fundierten Recherchen basierende Biografie, in der nicht nur Leben und Werk, sondern auch die Persönlichkeit der weltberühmten Wissenschaftlerin Marie Curie eindrucksvoll beschrieben werden
Pian zhi de tian cai : nu ren, ke xue jia, Ju li fu ren by Gao Shi Mi Si ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in Chinese and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Geniusz i obsesja : wewnętrzny świat Marii Curie by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
7 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in Polish and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genio obsesivo : el mundo interior de Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published in 2005 in Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Fortuna Johnsonów by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published in 1992 in Polish and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The EU Environmental Liability Directive : a commentary by Lucas Bergkamp ( )
2 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Similar to the United States (US) Natural Resource Damage (NRD) program, defined under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or ""Superfund"") and the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), the European Union's (EU) Environmental Liability Directive (ELD)imposes liability for, and requires remediation of, significant damage to natural habitats and species protected at Community and national levels, surface and ground waters covered by the Water FrameworkDirective, and land.The ELD was first published in 2004 and has since been transposed into the national laws of
La pequeña Gloria ... feliz al fin : la batalla por Gloria Vanderbilt by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published between 1980 and 1983 in Spanish and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Obsessive genius : Marie Curie, a life in science by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
La famille royale d'Amérique : une dynastie de femmes by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published in 1982 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Genio ossessivo : il mondo interiore di Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published in 2006 in Italian and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Madame Curie : Saplantılı deha by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
2 editions published between 2007 and 2008 in Turkish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Pian zhi de tian cai : nü ren, ke xue jia, Juli fu ren by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
1 edition published in 2006 in Chinese and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Other Powers by Barbara Goldsmith ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
LITTLE GLORIA by Barbara Goldsmith ( )
2 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
This is a story of money, glamour, and scandal (on the highest level); a story of American society and of European royalty; a story of family strife exploding into one of the most dramatic and publicized court battles of the century'the battle for a solemn ten-year-old child, "little Gloria" Vanderbilt, who in 1934 was the object of the epic custody suit between her mother, the beautiful and penniless Vanderbilt widow, and her aunt, the famous Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, whose $78 million could buy her anything she wanted. And what she wanted was "little Gloria." The leading characters: Gloria Morgan, who was one of the fabled Morgan Twins (invented by society reporter "Cholly" Knickerbocker as the quintessential Cafe Society beauties) and who, as a shy, stammering eighteen-year-old, living on nothing a year, did what she was raised to do, becoming the wife of . . . Reggie Vanderbilt, at forty-three a worn-out alcoholic who had managed to go through almost $25 million in fourteen years and who died only two years after his marriage to Gloria, leaving his beautiful young widow nothing but their baby, their baby's untouchable trust fund, and the Vanderbilt name . . . Gloria Morgan's twin, Thelma, who, as Lady Furness, was for years the mistress of the Prince of Wales (until she introduced him to her "best friend" Wallis Simpson) . . . Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, Reginald's sister, a formidable Society woman, a sculptor and the founder of the Whitney Museum of American Art, a woman who conformed'on the surface'to everything expected of American royalty and yet lived a hidden second life as a passionate bohemian . . . And the child'little Gloria herself'shunted out of her mother's life, carted around Europe, depending for her existence on her neurotically overprotective nurse, Dodo, who never left her for a single day, and her mad Morgan grandmother, who insisted that her own daughter might murder the child for the Vanderbilt millions. Deserted, "dressed in rags," neglected, she became an almost mythic incarnation of "the poor little rich girl." This child, who was to grow up to become a world-famous fashion designer, her name'Gloria Vanderbilt'a household word. We come to understand and care about this child as we observe, close up, the astonishing lives and intrigues surrounding her. We see her at the age of ten brought to the courthouse, rushed through mobs of spectators, reporters, photographers. We follow a courtroom drama of sensation after sensation, the judge ultimately banning both public and press, the final scandalous testimony reaching to the heart of the English royal family. We listen to the parade of witnesses'servants, millionaires, society celebrities, aristocrats, family retainers. We watch the judge himself'a classic Tammany pol'becoming another of the many victims of the case, reviled on all sides. And finally we see little Gloria pushed to choose between her mother and her aunt, making the decision that will affect her whole life'with nobody ever asking her the basic question, "Why are you afraid'" For the first time, the thousands of pages of documents and sealed court testimony have been unearthed and explored. Hundreds of people have been interviewed. And a writer completely knowing about society and the period has used all this material to create a compelling narrative of vitality, resonance, and fascination. Combining her extraordinary abilities as an investigative reporter with the skills and sensitivity of a novelist, Barbara Goldsmith has given us a galvanizing story, a whole world of astonishing emotional and social circumstances, unforgettably revealed
 
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Alternative Names
גולדסמית, ברברה
ゴールドスミス, バーバラ
Languages
English (56)
Polish (9)
German (6)
French (6)
Spanish (4)
Chinese (2)
Turkish (2)
Italian (2)
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