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Consuelo and Alva Vanderbilt: The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age (P.S.)

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The New York love story of a beautiful heiress and a wealthy young architect, captured in a famous John Singer Sargent painting

In Love, Fiercely Jean Zimmerman re-creates the glittering world of Edith Minturn and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes. Contemporaries of the Astors and Vanderbilts, they grew up together along the shores of bucolic Staten Island, linked by privilegeand#8212;her grandparents built the worldand#8217;s fastest clipper ship, his family owned most of Murray Hill. Theirs was a world filled with mansions, balls, summer homes, and extended European vacations.

Newton became a passionate preserver of New York history and published the finest collection of Manhattan maps and views in a six-volume series. Edith became the face of the age when Daniel Chester French sculpted her for Chicagoand#8217;s Columbian Exposition, a colossus intended to match the Statue of Libertyand#8217;s grandeur. Together Edith and Newton battled on behalf of New Yorkand#8217;s poor and powerless as reformers who never themselves wanted for anything. Through it all, they sustained a strong-rooted marriage.

From the splendid cottages of the Berkshires to the salons of 1890s Paris, Love, Fiercely is the real story of a world long relegated to fiction.

Synopsis:

The Gilded Age New York love storyand#160;of aand#160;beautiful heiress who fought forand#160; women's rights and a wealthy young architect, who were captured in the John Singer Sargent painting Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Stokes.

Synopsis:

When Consuelo Vanderbilt's grandfather died, he was the richest man in America. Her father soon started to spend the family fortune, enthusiastically supported by Consuelo's mother, Alva, who was determined to take the family to the top of New York society—forcing a heartbroken Consuelo into a marriage she did not want with the underfunded Duke of Marlborough. But the story of Consuelo and Alva is more than a tale of enterprising social ambition, Gilded Age glamour, and the emptiness of wealth. It is a fascinating account of two extraordinary women who struggled to break free from the world into which they were born—a world of materialistic concerns and shallow elitism in which females were voiceless and powerless—and of their lifelong dedication to noble and dangerous causes and the battle for women's rights.

About the Author

Amanda Mackenzie Stuart took a first-class degree in history at the University of York. She has written and produced award-winning independent films, and her writings include historical screenplays. This is her first book.

Table of Contents

Prologueand#160;xi

Part One

Enchanted Woodsand#160;3

Flying Cloudand#160;13

Madison to the Riverand#160;34

Big Maryand#160;52

The Howling Swelland#160;69

The Personal as the Politicaland#160;82

Grand Mistakesand#160;94

Rich and Romanticand#160;105

Part Two

A Pleasure to Paint Her Portraitand#160;119

The American Girl Herselfand#160;136

For Richer or Poorerand#160;158

Smaller Castlesand#160;181

Pretty Mannersand#160;192

Part Three

Silent Bearers of Many a Half-Read Messageand#160;205

A Fine Object Lesson in Good Constructionand#160;220

Something in the Nature of the Marvelousand#160;244

No Other City Will Live in the Future

as New York Willand#160;261

Our Goddessand#160;278

Epilogueand#160;285

Select Bibliographyand#160;290

Acknowledgmentsand#160;296

Indexand#160;298

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060938253
Subtitle:
The Story of a Daughter and a Mother in the Gilded Age
Author:
Stuart, Amanda Macke
Author:
Zimmerman, Jean
Author:
MacKenzie Stuart, Amanda
Author:
by Amanda Mackenzie Stuart
Publisher:
Harper Perennial
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Biography-Historical
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Series:
P.S.
Publication Date:
20070109
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Two 8-page b/w inserts
Pages:
640
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in 0.92 lb

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"Synopsis" by , The Gilded Age New York love storyand#160;of aand#160;beautiful heiress who fought forand#160; women's rights and a wealthy young architect, who were captured in the John Singer Sargent painting Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Phelps Stokes.
"Synopsis" by , When Consuelo Vanderbilt's grandfather died, he was the richest man in America. Her father soon started to spend the family fortune, enthusiastically supported by Consuelo's mother, Alva, who was determined to take the family to the top of New York society—forcing a heartbroken Consuelo into a marriage she did not want with the underfunded Duke of Marlborough. But the story of Consuelo and Alva is more than a tale of enterprising social ambition, Gilded Age glamour, and the emptiness of wealth. It is a fascinating account of two extraordinary women who struggled to break free from the world into which they were born—a world of materialistic concerns and shallow elitism in which females were voiceless and powerless—and of their lifelong dedication to noble and dangerous causes and the battle for women's rights.
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