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Mysteries of heiress and her vacant New Canaan mansion revealed at library talk

Updated 11:07 am, Monday, September 30, 2013

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  • The heiress Huguette Clark  is the subject of the book " Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of the Great American Fortune" by Bill Dedman.The author will be speaking on his book at the Westport Library. Photo: Contributed Photo / Westport News
    The heiress Huguette Clark is the subject of the book " Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of the Great American Fortune" by Bill Dedman.The author will be speaking on his book at the Westport Library. Photo: Contributed Photo

 

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When Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Bill Dedman was looking for a house to buy near New York City in 2009, he discovered an unusual mansion for sale in New Canaan, marked down from $35 million to $24 million and unoccupied for nearly 60 years. He delved further, and his investigations eventually produced the book, "Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of the Great American Fortune."

The writer will discuss his book at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Westport Library's McManus Room.

The book, co-written with Clark's cousin, Paul Clark Newell Jr., reveals a complex portrait of the mysterious and reclusive heiress Huguette Clark and her intimate circle. Illustrated with more than 70 photographs, the book is the unusual story of an eccentric of the highest order, a last jewel of the Gilded Age who lived life on her own terms.

Dedman received the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting while writing for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post. Books will be available for purchase at the program, which is free.

For more information, call 203-291-4800 or check www.westportlibrary.org