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Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age

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John Armstrong Chanler—known as Archie to his family—was an heir to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, dashing, and handsome millionaire. Amélie Rives, from a Southern family and the goddaughter of Robert E. Lee, was a daring author, a stunning temptress, and a woman ahead of her time. Filled with glamour, mystery, and madness, their love affair and marriage made them the talk of society in the Gilded Age.

Archie and Amélie seemed made for each other—both were passionate, intense, and driven by emotion—but the very things that brought them together would soon draw them apart. Their marriage began with a “secret” wedding that found its way onto the front page of the New York Times, to the dismay of Archie’s relatives and Amélie’s many gentleman friends. To the world, the couple appeared charmed, rich, and famous; they moved in social circles that included Oscar Wilde, Teddy Roosevelt, and Stanford White. But although their love was undeniable, they tormented each other, and their private life was troubled from the start.

They were the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald of their day—a celebrated couple too dramatic and unconventional to last—but their tumultuous story has largely been forgotten. Now, Donna M. Lucey vividly brings to life these extraordinary lovers and their sweeping, tragic romance.

“In the Virginia hunt country just outside of Charlottesville, where I live, the older people still tell stories of a strange couple who died some two generations ago. The stories involve ghosts, the mysterious burning of a church, a murder at a millionaire’s house, a sensational lunacy trial, and a beautiful, scantily clad young woman prowling her gardens at night as if she were searching for something or someone—or trying to walk off the effects of the morphine that was deranging her. I was inclined to dismiss all of this as tall tales Virginians love to spin out; but when I looked into these yarns I found proof that they were true. . . .” —Donna M. Lucey on Archie and Amélie

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Synopsis:

An intriguing chronicle of an extravagant and ultimately doomed Gilded Age romance explores the marriage between Archie Chanler, the troubled heir to the Astor fortune, and Amlie Rives, a beautiful but tortured novelist, a relationship that began in the heights of society and ended in madness and drug addiction. 50,000 first printing.

About the Author

Donna M. Lucey is an award-winning writer and photo editor whose previous books include Photographing Montana 1894–1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron and I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation 1600–1920. She lives with her husband and son in Charlottesville, Virginia, where the story of Archie and Amélie is part of local lore.

Table of Contents

The education of an astor, or a name that rings like bullion — The marriage mart — Behind the boxwood, or the wind down my chimney — Armida's garden — The bride stripped bare — In the valley of the shadow of soul death — Master of the universe — The x-faculty — Four years behind the bars of Bloomingdale — Who's looney now?

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307345837
Subtitle:
Love and Madness in the Gilded Age
Publisher:
Harmony Books
Author:
Lucey, Donna M.
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography-Literary
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Novelists, American
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
History
Subject:
Biography-Literary
Subject:
US History-1860 to 1920
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
2006
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
339

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
Biography » Rich and Famous
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General

Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age
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"Synopsis" by , An intriguing chronicle of an extravagant and ultimately doomed Gilded Age romance explores the marriage between Archie Chanler, the troubled heir to the Astor fortune, and Amlie Rives, a beautiful but tortured novelist, a relationship that began in the heights of society and ended in madness and drug addiction. 50,000 first printing.
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