25 Books to Read Before You Die

Recently Viewed clear list

The Powell's Playlist | August 8, 2014

Peter Mendelsund: IMG The Powell's Playlist: Water Music by Peter Mendelsund

We "see" when we read, and we "see" when we listen. There are many ways in which music can create the cross-sensory experience of this seeing...... Continue »
  1. $11.87 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

Qualifying orders ship free.
List price: $16.00
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside USHIS- 1860- 1920707
1 Local Warehouse US History- 1860 to 1920

This title in other editions

Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age


Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age Cover


Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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 Archies relatives and Amélies 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 millionaires 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

From the Hardcover edition.


Lucey presents the largely forgotten story of one of the most celebrated, glamorous, and flamboyant couples of the Gilded

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.

From the Hardcover edition.

Product Details

Lucey, Donna M
Three Rivers Press (CA)
Lucey, Donna M.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
9.18x6.22x.77 in. .80 lbs.
Age Level:
the inimitable novelist Amelie Rives and her beau

Other books you might like

  1. Hundred-Dollar Baby Used Hardcover $3.95
  2. Naked in Baghdad
    Used Trade Paper $2.50
  3. Lovers & Players Used Mass Market $5.95
  4. Act of Treason (Mitch Rapp Novels) Used Hardcover $7.50
  5. Cross
    Used Mass Market $4.50
  6. Sea of Thunder: Four Commanders and... Used Trade Paper $4.95

Related Subjects

Biography » Literary
History and Social Science » US History » 1800 to 1945
History and Social Science » US History » 1860 to 1920

Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$6.95 In Stock
Product details 360 pages Three Rivers Press (CA) - English 9780307351456 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Lucey presents the largely forgotten story of one of the most celebrated, glamorous, and flamboyant couples of the Gilded
  • back to top
Follow us on...

Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.