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Love, Fiercely chapter 1 Love, Fiercely , meaning Love, Fiercely , genre Love, Fiercely , book cover Love, Fiercely , flies Love, Fiercely , Love, Fiercely da2ca40113a90 The New York Love Story Of A Beautiful Heiress And A Wealthy Young Architect, Captured In A Famous John Singer Sargent PaintingIn 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 World S Fastest Clipper Ship, His Family Owned Most Of Murray Hill Theirs Was A World Filled With Mansions, Balls, Summer Homes, And Extended European VacationsNewton 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 Chicago S Columbian Exposition, A Colossus Intended To Match The Statue Of Liberty S Grandeur Together Edith And Newton Battled On Behalf Of New York S Poor And Powerless As Reformers Who Never Themselves Wanted For Anything Through It All, They Sustained A Strong Rooted MarriageFrom The Splendid Cottages Of The Berkshires To The Salons Of S Paris, Love, Fiercely Is The Real Story Of A World Long Relegated To Fiction


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  1. says:

    Love, Fiercely began with the painting that appears on the cover Zimmerman started out researching I N Phelps Stokes because of her interest in his ponderous history of New York City he wrote When she viewed John Singer Sargent s painting of the two, though, she became captivated by his wife, Edie nicknamed Fiercely Thus, her studies shifted, encapsulating their romance along with the gilded age of New York.I do not often venture into nonfiction, despite the fact that I was a history major in school While history itself is often fascinating than not, historians are not necessarily good writers Many nonfiction titles read like a catalog of facts, putting the reader to sleep immediately Zimmerman, on the other hand, has a fanciful, very fiction oriented style Even those who ordinarily avoid nonfiction will probably enjoy Love, FiercelyWomen end up wearing a lot of stupid things for fashion in the gilded age Zimmerman outlines many that the Minturn girls suffered through, like corsets, absurdly large hats, leg of mutton sleeves if you google those, the wikipedia result for 1890s fashion actually includes the famous picture of Edith and Newton , and droopy pouter pigeon bosoms What on earth does that last one mean, you might wonder Well, I certainly did, since I don t know about any kind of pigeon except the regular ones that are everywhere, and they sure don t seem to look remotely bosom y I had to know, especially because I was shocked by the description of the bosoms as drooped at the perfect angle Here s what I found Style is for the birds.Okay, so that is a pouter pigeon Yikes, right So, you re probably wondering now how this translates to clothing, and, no, it s not because the bosoms are so large that they look like birdie goiters End result Bosoms the new bellies.Okay, that was fun, but I should probably review than just two words of this book, huh What makes Edith so interesting is that she is such a strong woman Before marriage, she posed for a sculpture, a big one, representing the public this was rather scandalous, but she did not let it stop her Unlike most women of her time, she felt no shame in waiting to marry until the age of 28 She even turned Nelson down the first time he proposed, unsure whether she wanted to give herself in marriage Once married, she did take his name, but she maintained her control over her own money Their relationship was a love match and based on equality and mutual respect.The one thing that really bothered me about Zimmerman s account was her constant focus on the fact that their union was childless She mentions that Edith must have wanted children, because that s what women were supposed to do back in the day What I find odd is that she has no quotes from anyone at the time mentioning this desire for children Also, the phrasing of it it would be natural for Edith to wish for children seems to suggest that there is actually know way of knowing If she is just making an assumption, why keep bringing it up like fact And, if she truly believes Edith Stokes to be the new American woman, why is it so hard to believe that she might not want to be like every other woman and have children The Stokeses were instrumental in the evolution of New York Newton was an architect, aside from his hobby of gathering historical views of Manhattan, and spent a lot of his career designing improved tenements Edith was part of radical efforts too, like teaching unskilled immigrant women sewing or starting kindergartens.Love, Fiercely is a fascinating look at turn of the century New York, although I might have been happier with a little less focus on Newton Stokes book, especially given the fact that the title stresses the romance.


  2. says:

    I was excited to read Love, Fiercely A Gilded Age Romance by Jean Zimmerman for several reasons First, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton is one of my favorite books I was entertained by the novel The American Heiress, to which Love, Fiercely is compared I ve long been simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by the excess of this era at the end of the nineteenth century I enjoy narrative histories and biographies, so needless to say I looked forward to reading this book.Love, Fiercely is the history of Newton Stokes and Edith Minturn, both born into extreme wealth in New York City Eventually they would marry, travel the world, influence art and society, and play their hand at philanthropy.Full of information and details about everything in the era, Love, Fiercely excels as a history of the excess of the very wealthy and privileged class Each home and summer cottage is described in detail, including the Tudor manor house built in 1597 in England that the Stokes had dismantled, shipped across the ocean and rebuilt in Connecticut The author gives full histories of the art of the time period and especially the portraits of Edith and the famous statue for which she posed Their service to society and Newton s career are discussed at great length.What Love, Fiercely is lacking is the feeling of passion between Edith and Newton Described as the greatest love story never told in the prologue I was anxious to read of their romance However, the characters still remain flat and lifeless The author shows only brief glimpses into their relationship and spends most of the time with describing the world they inhabit There were many interesting details about the era but ultimately, I found the book dull and disappointing.


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    This double biography is as much an exquisite narrative of American life on the mid Atlantic coast from the Gilded Age through World War I and the Great Depression as it is the story of Edith Minturn and Newton Stokes Edith and her husband Newton grew up in the greater New York City area when Staten Island was a bucolic retreat from Manhattan, accessible only by ferry Though both came from business developing, world traveling families with enough money to be included in Mrs Astor s Four Hundred , their families also attempted to balance the inequitable world of the late 1800 s early 1900 s through a variety of progressive causes, and Edith and Newton continued and expanded that tradition Edith was instrumental in popularizing kindergarten as a way improving the lives of children living in poverty Newton, who subverted convention by becoming an architect instead of joining the family business, designed inexpensive but sunny, healthful apartments at a time when New York tenements were dark, cramped airless tombs, with one filthy outdoor bathroom serving for an entire building Edith was nicknamed Fiercely by her brother because she lived life so intensely As a young woman Edith posed with upraised, semi scandalous bare arms as the model for Daniel Chester French s immense statue The Republic, which overlooked the 1893 World s Columbian Exposition in Chicago She later posed with Newton for an iconoclastic portrait by John Singer Sargent, whose most famous painting may be the equally revolutionary Madame X Instead of sitting demurely in a ball gown, as was the custom of the age, Edith stood boldly in front of Newton, overshadowing him, with her bright face flushed as if she d just taken a brisk walk, dressed in an attractive, but comfortable skirt and blazer outfit that verged on mannish Newton, who pursued Edith for years before she fell in love and agreed to marry him, was reserved than his wife Bearded and almost solemn looking, he dressed with the care of a dandy His life work and obsession became an oversize, six volume, thirty nine pound set of books, The Iconography of Manhattan Island, that collected together every map, sketch, view, print, and fact he could find about the early New York City, from its Dutch origins, through the buttonwood tree on Wall Street where 18th century traders made deals, to the beloved but rapidly changing New York City of Newton s youth It was a project that, along with changing tax laws and the Great Depression, ate away most of Newton s wealth so that by the time he died he was living in a two room apartment The once lively Edith died in 1937 the staid Newton lived another seven years without her Given the Elizabeth Darcy dynamics of their own relationship I loved learning that at the end of her life Newton read to Edith from one of her favorite books, Jane Austen s Pride and Prejudice.


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    A Gilded Age Romance An in love wealthy couple who ride the economic surge, only to crash at the end of their lives This book has the potential to be a real page turner Unfortunately, because the subjects of this biography were so conditioned and genteel, it doesn t look like they left an epistolary legacy that describes events in their own words Granted, this book is not overly long, and has plenty of pictures Perhaps the research was not aiming to be bogged down with words.Mr Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, and Mrs Edith Minturn Stokes were among the biggest influencers of New York City, at the time Edith, as a debutante, posed as the face and body for a huge statue The Republic at the World s Columbian Exposition in Chicago, 1893.During their honeymoon 2 years later, she posed TWICE for the great artist John Singer Sargent First portrait was scrapped Second portrait was inspired by Sargent seeing Edith rush into the studio, running late, perspiring and wearing street clothes instead of formal wear Sargent decided to add Edith s husband behind her because he didn t have a Great Dane handy to pose with her In real life the frame is 7 feet tall It resides permanently in the Met These are Life Sized portraits And hilariously, book author Jean Zimmerman describes Edith as looking like she s about to charge after a tennis ball Very fun and sporting Even though her husband, called Newton by family and friends, lurks in the background of this portrait, he was a fine husband and father Up to a point He gained an obsession about old maps and plans of New York City and nearly ruined himself attempting to publish an enormous series of volumes showing plates and text of these renderings that are hundreds of years old He searched and searched and hired a team to assist with the whole process He kept throwing money at the project until the money was gone But his work is monumental and highly appreciated today In fact, among his many finds, a highlight includes the original drawings that planned out the modern and innovative Central Park The plan, 8 feet by 4 feet, was left in a burn pile in the Parks Department basement Newton restored and copied it for his magnum opus.The Iconography of Manhattan Island It s here on Goodreads if anyone wants to stop by an enormous library and take years trying to read through the volumes How would THAT count toward the Reading Challenge


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    Using the striking Sargent double portrait as a point of departure, Zimmerman, an expert in New York City history, examines the marriage of two Gilded Age golden people wealthy from birth, well educated, steeped in the intermarried culture of progressive minded do gooders and related to anyone who was anyone in New England The couple used their advantages positively, she running the New York Kindergarten League and heading many causes for women and children, he by championing housing reform and designing alternatives to the disastrous dumb bell tenements through his architecture firm In later years, he became consumed by collecting, using his connections in society to convince hundreds of wealthy antiquarians to loan him maps and prints for reproduction in his six volume Iconography of New York City, saving material that would shortly be lost in the fire that destroyed the Albany State Archives or sold off into private collections Zimmerman does well in showing a marriage that was cutting edge in its companionate nature and the modern ideas of the spouses as seen so glowingly in the portrait , but almost entirely abandons the story to a hasty conclusion as things get interesting in the 1920s Clearly the pair adapted to the new post WWI America, even to the post 1929 world that made them comfortably rich rather than spectacularly rich, and their adopted daughter lived in the world of New Women pioneered by her mother, but this is not explored at all, and that is too bad, because things were just getting really interesting.


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    I think that the subtitle A Gilded Age Romance is misleading This book gives some background on the families of Edith Minturn Newton Stokes before they were married, and a little about their marriage and life together However, the main focus of the book is artwork and a book series The statue modeled after Edith for the Worlds Columbian Exhibition 1891 1893 , the painting of her and her husband as newlyweds by John Singer Sargent, and the 6 volume historical work by Newton written over an 18 year period about New York city Sprinkled among these are other works of art and descriptions of grand houses, with a little bit of actual life thrown in I came away feeling like I didn t know them as people at all The author describing other art work, photographs, family houses, etc., and not including pictures was frustrating as well.


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    I enjoyed this glimpse into the lives of the rich during the Gilded Age The history of early Manhattan and New York was explained, as the whole book was written in a very readable manner The debutantes, the artists, their lifestyles and the making of their fortunes was fascinating The romance between two of the fashionable 400, their marriage and enduring love amid their declining fortunes was admirable The writings of Wharton and James are quoted quite often as they have been the chroniclers, satirical or not of this age Would make a nice compliment to the reading of Wharton s Age of Innocence.


  8. says:

    A sweet romance between upper crust New Yorkers, citizens of the world really, who give us a look at how life was during the end of nineteenth and into twentieth century Travelling between Europe and U.S to set up households, building new homes stateside in tony, or soon to become, villages in various NYC locations, as well as Connecticut, and nearly endless indulgent spending on art, clothing, various charities, and hobbies, all give us insight into what life was like for the truly wealthy class during the decades called The Gilded Age Characters, whose faults we can observe as well as values and beliefs we come to admire, were real, so we can see a slice of history to try to understand what their lives were really like in the context of the conditions of that era The research done for this book was massive, and a bibliography accompanies the text, as well as a very thorough index This volume could certainly be enjoyed on several levels by just plain readers who love the time period, by fellow researchers of New York history, and by anyone interested in the cultural and anthropological aspects of the various families involved To this day a portrait of Mr and Mrs Stokes by John Singer Sargent can be found at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.


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    Really enjoyed the 1st two thirds of this book, which documents the couple s childhoods, life.in the golden age, and their relationship marriage Interesting detail about New York City and the nearby vacation spots for the uber rich and elite Truly Gilded and unbelievably wasteful at times.I did not care for the book s overabundance of detail about the contents of Newton s manuscript Perhaps the author intended to mimic the obsession that ruined and bankrupted their lives But scrupulously detailing the features of various 17th century maps of Manhattan was overkill for me I wanted to know about the people The details of Edith s later life are very neglected in comparison to a map owned by the Italian King While their adopted daughter was not the main focus, reading about their relationship with her would have been much satisfying.Book selected for the falling in love theme of the Summer Reading Challenge.


  10. says:

    Ever wonder about the people you see in these old portraits Fine old NY names in some cases, but not necessarily important enough to get mentioned beyond the social register and society pages This couple, portrayed by John Singer Sargent in a rare double portrait, enjoyed the typical Gilded Age lifestyle of the privileged class Yet their story intrigued the author who started out researching him first because of a book he wrote, The Iconography of Manhattan Island The portrait got her interested in the couple hence, this book They were unusual in that they didn t marry until they were both 28, practically ancient by the standards of the times Even then, it seemed she was reluctant to commit Once married, however, they were firmly bound through many trials of health and finances, including his later obsession with old maps and prints of NY that led to his book, which is now a much sought after rarity A brief and highly intriguing peak into a couple of past lives.


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