And, most movingly, she untangles the complex, poignant—and universal—truths of her shining and impossible marriage. A biography of one of the gilded age’s most fascinating and mysterious society women that “reads as well as any page-turning novel” Library Journal. The hidden story of one of the most fascinating women of the Gilded Age Clover Adams, a fiercely intelligent Boston Brahmin, married at twenty-eight the soon-to-be-eminent American historian Henry Adams.
Richardson, and General William Tecumseh Sherman. Clover so clearly possessed, “all she wanted, as one friend wrote, all this world could give. Yet at the center of her story is a haunting mystery. The aftermath of Clover’s death is equally compelling. H. Dykstra probes Clover’s enduring reputation as a woman betrayed.
The Five of Hearts: An Intimate Portrait of Henry Adams and His Friends, 1880-1918They knew every president from abraham lincoln to Theodore Roosevelt and befriended Henry James, Edith Wharton, Mark Twain, and a host of other illustrious figures on both sides of the Atlantic. The five of hearts, pioneering geologist, clover, who first gathered in washington in the Gilded Age, entrepreneur, Clara, historian and scion of America's first political dynasty; his wife, gifted photographer and tragic victim of depression; John Hay, ambassador and secretary of state; his wife, included Henry Adams, a Midwestern heiress; and Clarence King, and man of mystery.
Constance: The Tragic and Scandalous Life of Mrs. Oscar WildeA founding member of the magical society The Golden Dawn, her pioneering and questioning spirit encouraged her to sample some of the more controversial aspects of her time. Up until the conviction of her husband, Oscar, for homosexual crimes, she had held a privileged position in society. But that spring Constance’s entire life was eclipsed by scandal.
She lived in exile until her death. Franny moyle now tells Constance’s story with a fresh eye. Drawing on numerous unpublished letters, she brings to life the story of a woman at the heart of fin-de-siècle London and the Aesthetic movement. In a compelling and moving tale of an unlikely couple caught up in a world unsure of its moral footing, Moyle unveils the story of a woman who was the victim of one of the greatest betrayals of all time.
. Mrs. Oscar wilde was a phenomenon in her own right. Tells the poignant story of constance in the aftermath of Wilde’s trials and imprisonment, and of her brave attempts to keep in contact with him despite her suffering. The irish times in the spring of 1895 the life of Constance Wilde changed irrevocably.
Part of a gilded couple, a fashion icon, she was a popular children’s author, and a leading campaigner for women’s rights. Forced to flee to the Continent with her two sons, her glittering literary and political career ended abruptly.
The Peabody Sisters: Three Women Who Ignited American RomanticismMarshall’s book is a grand story . . . Pulitzer prize finalist: “a stunning work of biography” about three little-known New England women who made intellectual history The New York Times. Twenty years in the making, megan Marshall’s monumental biography brings the era of creative ferment known as American Romanticism to new life.
A massive enterprise, ” the peabody Sisters is an event in American biography The New York Times Book Review. Casting new light on a legendary american era, and on three sisters who made an indelible mark on history, Marshall’s unprecedented research uncovers thousands of never-before-seen letters as well as other previously unmined original sources.
Where male and female minds and sensibilities were in free, fruitful communion, even if men could exploit this cultural richness far more easily than women. The washington post “marshall has greatly increased our understanding of these women and their times in one of the best literary biographies to come along in years.
New england Quarterly. The story of these remarkable sisters—and their central role in shaping the thinking of their day—has never before been fully told. Elizabeth peabody, the oldest sister, hawthorne, was a mind-on-fire influence on the great writers of the era—Emerson, and Thoreau among them—who also published some of their earliest works; it was she who prodded these newly minted Transcendentalists away from Emerson’s individualism and toward a greater connection to others.
And the frail sophia, an admired painter among the preeminent society artists of the day, married Nathaniel Hawthorne—but not before Hawthorne threw the delicate dynamics among the sisters into disarray. Elizabeth, mary, and Sophia Peabody were in many ways the American Brontës.
Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age RomanceAnd Mrs. I. N. This fascinating biography re-creates the glittering world of Edith Minturn and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes—and reveals how their love for each other was matched by their dedication to others. Theirs was a world filled with mansions, summer homes, balls, and extended European vacations. From the splendid cottages of the Berkshires to the salons of 1890s Paris, Love, Fiercely tells the real-life story behind Mr.
With an impressive amount of research behind every page, Zimmerman manages to capture the sweeping drama of the turn of the century as well as the compelling story of a couple who knew how to love, fiercely. Edith became the face of the age when daniel Chester French sculpted her for Chicago’s Columbian Exposition, a colossus intended to match the Statue of Liberty’s grandeur.
The true story of the new york society couple portrayed in the John Singer Sargent painting—an architect and an heiress who became passionate reformers. Her superb pacing and gripping narrative will appeal to all who enjoy history, biography, and real-life romance. Library Journal. But beyond their life of prominence and prestige, Edith and Newton battled together on behalf of New York’s poor and powerless—and through it all, sustained a strong-rooted marriage.
Phelps stokes—one of the Gilded Age’s most famous works of art. Contemporaries of the astors and vanderbilts, linked by privilege—her grandparents built the world’s fastest clipper ship, they grew up together along the shores of bucolic Staten Island, while his family owned most of Murray Hill.
The Great Silence: Britain from the Shadow of the First World War to the Dawn of the Jazz AgeE. As the euphoria of armistice day in 1918 quickly subsided, there was no denying the carnage that the Great War had left in its wake. As nicolson proceeds through the familiar stages of grief—denial, anger and acceptance—she gives you a deeper understanding of not only this brief period, but also how war’s sacrifices don’t end after the fighting stops.
The seattle times “It may make you cry. The boston Globe. The great silence depicts a nation fighting the forces that threaten to tear it apart and discovering the common bonds that hold it together. For veterans with faces demolished in the trenches, surgeon Harold Gillies brings hope with his miraculous skin-grafting procedure.
Women win the vote, skirt hems leap, and Brits forget their troubles at packed dance halls. Lawrence, the real-life Lawrence of Arabia. Grief and shock overwhelmed the psyche of the British people—but from their despair, new life would slowly emerge. A pearl of anecdotal history, the Great Silence is a satisfying companion to major studies of World War I and its aftermath .
. . Insightful and utterly absorbing” Minneapolis Star-Tribune. This account of british life in the wake of World War I is “social history at its very best .
Queens of Georgian BritainYet what of the remarkable women who were crowned alongside them? From the forgotten princess locked in a tower to an illustrious regent, romance, and a notorious party girl, a devoted consort, the queens of Georgian Britain lived lives of scandal, and turbulent drama. Hailing from germany, these occasionally mad, bad, and infamous sovereigns presided over a land in turmoil.
From lonely childhoods to glittering palaces, via family feuds, smallpox, strapping soldiers, and plenty of scheming, these are the queens who shaped an era. Whether dipping into politics or carousing on the shores of Italy, Caroline of Ansbach, Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz, and Caroline of Brunswick refused to fade into the background.
Once upon a time there were four kings called George who, thanks to a quirk of fate, ruled Great Britain for over a century. An extraordinary read from beginning to end” Midwest Book Review. Queens of georgian britain offers a chance to step back in time and meet the women who ruled alongside the Georgian monarchs, not forgetting Sophia Dorothea of Celle, the passionate princess who never made it as far as the throne.
An easy and informative read. Historical Novels Review. Curzon is a captivating writer and this book is an impressive addition to her existing Georgian books. The lazy historian “Curzon has a breezy, colloquial style.
Kings of Georgian BritainCurzon is often whimsical, has a good sense of pace and you can imagine her stifling a smirk while writing this unusual biography. History of Royals. This royal historian’s “lively study of the four Georges who sat on the English throne for over a century is a joy” Jane Austen’s Regency World. A chronological series of amusing anecdotes.
From love affairs to family feuds, political wrangling, and beyond, it is a chance to peer behind the pomp and follow these iconic figures from cradle to grave. Whether dodging assassins, or sparking domestic disputes that echoed down the generations, digging up their ancestors, marrying for money, the kings of Georgian Britain were never short on drama.
From the day the german-speaking george i stepped off the boat from Hanover to the night that George IV, breathed his last at Windsor, bloated and diseased, the four kings had presided over a changing nation. Take a step back in time and meet the wives, friends, mistresses, and foes of these remarkable kings who shaped the nation, and find out what really went on behind closed palace doors.
Kings of georgian britain offers a fresh perspective on the lives of the four Georges and the events that shaped their characters and reigns. For over one hundred years of turmoil, upheaval, and scandal, Great Britain was a Georgian land. After all, being a king isn’t always about grand parties and jaw-dropping jewels, and sometimes following in a father’s footsteps can be the hardest job around.
A House UnlockedAn elegiac yet resolutely unsentimental book, memory and history, the house becomes a Rosetta stone for the author’s familial memories and an unwitting index of social change” in this eloquent meditation on place and time, and tribute to the meaning of home Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times. As her narrative shifts from room to room, object to object, Lively paints a moving portrait of an era of rapid change—and of a family that transformed with the times.
. This “interesting and perceptive” memoir recalls the familial country house the author’s grandparents bought in 1923 The Washington Post Book World. Long after the house was sold out of the family, she begins to piece together the lives of those she knew fifty years before. Charting the course of the domestic tensions of class and community among her relatives, she brings to light the evidence of the horrors endured during the Russian Revolution and the Holocaust through accounts of the refugees who came to live with them.
The only child of divorced parents, Penelope Lively was often sent to stay at her grandparents’ country house, Golsoncott.
Embers of Childhood: Growing Up a WhitneyThe granddaughter of the whitney museum founder, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, her childhood played out in a sort of Wharton landscape as she was shielded from the woes of the world. But money itself is not the source of happiness. Glimpses into the elegance of a vanderbilt ball thrown by her great-grandparents and the yearly production of traveling from her childhood home on Long Island to their summer home in Aiken, are measured against memoires of strict governesses with stricter rules in a childhood separate from her parents, despite being in the same house, South Carolina, and the ever-present pressure to measure up in her studies and lessons.
A look into the privileged world of the American Aristocracy of the Early Twentieth Century Flora Miller Biddle was born a blue-blood. As flora steps back in time to trace the origins of her family’s fortune and where it stands today, she takes a discerning look at how wealth and excess shaped her life, for better and for worse.
In this wonderfully evocative memoir, critiques, Flora Miller Biddle examines, and pays homage to the people and places of her childhood that shaped her life.
Dragonwyck: A NovelIn the spring of 1844, the wells family receives a letter from a distant relative, the wealthy landowner Nicholas Van Ryn. Anya seton masterfully tells the heart-stopping story of a remarkable woman, her remarkable passions, and the mystery that resides in the magnificent hallways of Dragonwyck. Eighteen-year-old miranda, bored with her local suitors and commonplace life on the farm, leaps at the chance for an escape.
There was, a way of life such as this, on the Hudson, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck . . . He has invited one of their daughters for an extended visit at his Hudson Valley estate, Dragonwyck. She immediately falls under the spell of both the master and his mansion, flowering gardens, mesmerized by the Gothic towers, and luxurious lifestyle—but unaware of the dark, terrible secrets that await.
A novel of seduction, and danger set in New York’s Hudson Valley in the nineteenth century, mystery, by the author of Foxfire.