Love, Fiercely by Jean Zimmerman
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 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 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 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 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.

 

About Jean Zimmerman

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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.
 
Published March 13, 2012 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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He was a talented builder whose dreams of affordable housing for the underclass were derailed by an obsessive desire to complete a massive study titled The Iconography of Manhattan Island.

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Zimmerman’s (Manhattan) unsentimental depiction of vibrant Edith Minturn Stokes (nicknamed “Fiercely” by her brother) and the cerebral but original architect Newton Stokes showcases the major episodes in the lives of the couple, whose stilted courtship led to lifelong marital devotion that ...

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“Ms. Zimmerman infuses life into these characters through her detailed research. Each blossoms into a three-dimensional human being via the author’s physical descriptions as well as conveyed through their thoughts and dreams as extracted from their personal diaries and personal and public letters...

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Christian Science Monitor

'Love, Fiercely' is evocative and often captivating, but Zimmerman is forced too often to speculate about her historical subjects.

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Open Letters Monthly

According to author Jean Zimmerman, the inspiration for her new book – the utterly winning Love, Fiercely – came from a painting: John Singer-Sargent’s 1897 portrait of Edith Minturn and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, made during the young couple’s honeymoon and now hanging in New York City’s Metro...

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Its subject is the marriage of Edith Minturn and Isaac Newton Phelps Stokes, wealthy, passionate, and progressive New Yorkers immortalized in a celebrated portrait by John Singer Sargent in 1897.

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