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Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance


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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 privilege—her grandparents built the worlds 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 Chicagos Columbian Exposition, a colossus intended to match the Statue of Libertys grandeur. Together Edith and Newton battled on behalf of New Yorks 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.


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

About the Author

Jean Zimmerman is the author of four previous books, including The Women of the House: How a Colonial She-Merchant Built a Mansion, a Fortune and a Dynasty. She earned an MFA in writing from the Columbia University School of the Arts and has published her poetry widely in literary magazines. She lives with her family in Westchester County, New York.

Table of Contents

Prologue xi

Part One

Enchanted Woods 3

Flying Cloud 13

Madison to the River 34

Big Mary 52

The Howling Swell 69

The Personal as the Political 82

Grand Mistakes 94

Rich and Romantic 105

Part Two

A Pleasure to Paint Her Portrait 119

The American Girl Herself 136

For Richer or Poorer 158

Smaller Castles 181

Pretty Manners 192

Part Three

Silent Bearers of Many a Half-Read Message 205

A Fine Object Lesson in Good Construction 220

Something in the Nature of the Marvelous 244

No Other City Will Live in the Future

as New York Will 261

Our Goddess 278

Epilogue 285

Select Bibliography 290

Acknowledgments 296

Index 298

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
United States - 19th Century
Zimmerman, Jean
History : United States - 19th Century
Biography & Autobiography : Artists, Architects, Photographe
History : United States - State & Local - Middle Atlantic
Publication Date:
March 2012

Related Subjects

Biography » Artists, Architects, and Photographers
Biography » General
Biography » Political
Biography » Rich and Famous
Biography » Women
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » World History » General

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