By Donna M. Lucey
John Armstrong "Archie" Chanler was once an inheritor to the Astor fortune, an eccentric, rushing, and good-looking millionaire. Amélie Rives, Southern belle and the goddaughter of Robert E. Lee, was once a bold writer, a beautiful temptress, and a lady sooner than her time.
Archie and Amélie appeared made for every other—both have been passionate, extreme, and pushed by way of emotion—but the very issues that introduced them jointly could quickly tear them aside. Their marriage begun with a “secret” marriage ceremony that chanced on its method onto front web page of the New York Times, to the dismay of Archie’s kinfolk and Amélie’s many gentleman neighbors. To the area, the couple seemed charmed, wealthy, and recognized; they moved in social circles that integrated Oscar Wilde, Teddy Roosevelt, and Stanford White. yet even though their love used to be indisputable, they tormented one another, and their deepest lifestyles used to be stricken from the beginning.
They have been the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald in their day—a celebrated couple too dramatic and unconventional to last—but their tumultuous tale has principally been forgotten. Now, Donna M. Lucey vividly brings to lifestyles those amazing fans and their sweeping, tragic romance.
“In the Virginia hunt state simply outdoor of Charlottesville, the place I reside, the older humans nonetheless inform tales of an odd couple who died a few generations in the past. The tales contain ghosts, the mysterious burning of a church, a homicide at a millionaire’s condominium, a sensational lunacy trial, and a stunning, scantily clad younger girl prowling her gardens at evening as though she have been trying to find whatever or someone—or attempting to stroll off the results of the morphine that used to be deranging her. i used to be susceptible to push aside all of this as tall stories Virginians like to spin out; but if I seemed into those yarns i discovered evidence that they have been real. . . .” —Donna M. Lucey on Archie and Amélie
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Archie and Amelie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age by Donna M. Lucey