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This story was suggested by a news item in the New York Herald, 1849, but the main characters are entirely fictional. The historical framework -- manor system, anti-rent wars, Astor Place massacre, and steamboat race -- is, however, founded on fact, and I have tried to be accurate in presenting it and all background detail. There was, on the Hudson, a way of life such as this, and there was a house not unlike Dragonwyck. All Gothic magnificence and eerie manifestations were not at that time inevitably confined to English castles or Southern plantations! I want to thank the patient and helpful librarians at the Greenwich Library, and many kind people who facilitated my research in Hudson, Albany, Kinderhook, Cornwall, and other towns along the river. I am particularly grateful to Mr. Carl Carmer, not only for his book 'The Hudson,' to which I am very much indebted, but for his personal help and interest. - Anya Seton
Foxfire, one of Anya Seton's best-known novels, was made into a movie soon after the book published. The film starred Jane Russell and Jeff Chandler.
A story based on reincarnation. When Celia moves to England she is haunted by strange thoughts. She decides to unravel the secrets by travelling back four centuries and reliving the life of a servant in 16th century.
The story of Hesper Honeywood is the centerpiece of Anya Seton's classic 1940s novel.
This novel tells the most romantic love story in Britain, the true tale of Katherine Swynford and John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, the ancestors of much of the British royal family.
Romance loosely based on historical events during the year 61 c.e., a hundred years after the Romans first come to Britain under the command of Julius Caesar.
THEODOSIA BURR was borne on the full tide of history. Her short life has all the drama, all the necessary elements of a great historical novel. Under Anya Seton's guidance, we see Aaron Burr, her father, sitting in his study before the great duel with Alexander Hamilton, and writing that famous letter which began, 'To my dearest Theodosia.' We see Theodosia herself, received like royalty on Blennerhassett Island, expecting to be crowned princess of the Kingdom of Mexico. We see Aaron awaiting trial in the jail at Richmond, repudiated by his son-in-law and by his friends, with Theodosia now playing an important part in his final exoneration. Aaron's star had set, but Theodosia still saw him as a man who could change the course of history. She may have realized too late that she had hitched her wagon to the wrong star. She never admitted it. With Aaron, she attempted to change the stream of American history, but the stream was too powerful for them. She remains a haunting memory, still lovely, still imperious, never vanquished. The author of this brilliant first novel is the daughter of Ernest Thompson Seton.
This is the story of a beautiful, gifted woman who leaves the magic mountains of her native New Mexico for New York of the seventies-- piratical, opulent, gas-lit New York--only to end her search for happiness back in the high, thin air of Santa Fe. Santa Fe Cameron was named for the place of her birth. Child of a Spanish mother and a Scotch father, she inherited from both a high degree of psychic perceptivity easily visible to the Indian Nata-nay, who gave the little orphan a turquoise amulet as a keepsake. It is this turquoise, Indian symbol of the spirit, which dominates her life and gives the book its title.
This is the story of a Puritan woman who lived life with a gusto at odds with her h e r i t a g e and her surroundings. It was like the alluring Elizabeth Fones to marry a cousin in the Win-throp family, and the black sheep cousin, Harry, at that. Then, although a widow at twenty, she left with her infant daughter for the New World in 1631. In those days of hardship, famine, and Indian attack, there was only one way, in the minds of the governors of the Massachusetts Bay and Connecticut colonies, to hold together the sanity and identity of the colonists. That was through a strong and bigoted, theocratic government. It is against this background of rigidity and conformity that Bess Winthrop dared to befriend Anne Hutchinson at the moment of her banishment from the Bay Colony; dared to challenge a determined army captain bent on the massacre of her friends the Siwanoy Indians; and, above all, dared to love a man as her heart and her whole being commanded. And so, as a response to this almost unmatched courage and vitality, Governor John Winthrop came to refer to this woman in the historical records of the time as his "unregenerate niece." Through Bess Winthrop's three marriages, passionate beliefs, and countless rebellions against bigotry, this perceptive novel (which is also an authoritative and thoroughly documented account) portrays the fortitude, humiliation, and ultimate triumph of the Winthrop woman, who believed in a concept of happiness transcending that of her own day.
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