Saratoga Saga of an Impious Era Author:George Waller This book summarizes the history of Saratoga Springs from the pre-revolutionary period to 1950s. Many interesting characters briefly described, including Henry James, the Vanderbilts, Lily Langtree, Jay Gould, Mark Twain, Sophie Tucker, etc. A section on Yaddo, the writers' retreat is included. — A portion taken from the Foreward: ... more »My purpose in this book is to revive our relationship to an earlier Amreican way of life. My choice of subject was dictated partly by affection..Saratoga's legendary summers easily persuaded me that it was a paradise of earthly pleasures...its unique yet characteristically American history would have induced me to try to recapture its flavor and re-create its fabled personalities and events. As Harper's Weekly noted nearly a century ago: "The curious charm of Saratoga life to a student of human nature is the fact that beyond any other American resort it is a social microcosm in which our distinctive natural traits are happily portrayed in miniature."
The saga of Saratoga's life and times is the story of an extraordinary era in American culture: impious, opulent, exuberant. Indeed, its peak years, the late 1800's, have in retrospect beguiled so many of us that we have picked 'la belle epoque' as the period in which we would have chosen to live had a choice been offered.« less