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Amélie Rives Troubetzkoy

Amélie Louise Rives (1863–1945) was an American novelist and poet. Rives wrote at least twenty-four volumes of fiction, numerous uncollected poems, and Herod and Marianne (1889), a verse drama. In 1888, she published novel The Quick or the Dead?, her most famous and popular work that sold 300,000 copies.[1] The work depicted erotic passions of a newly widowed woman and earned Rives notoriety. Her 1914 novel, World's End was reputed to be "the best seller in New York city".[2] Later she turned to theater and began writing plays for Broadway. Her play The Fear Market ran for 118 performances at the Booth Theatre in 1916.[3]

A goddaughter of Robert E. Lee and a granddaughter of the engineer and senator William Cabell Rives, who had also been American ambassador to France, she was born in Richmond, Virginia and named after her aunt Amélie, a goddaughter of French Queen Marie-Amélie.[4] Amélie Rives married eccentric John Armstrong "Archie" Chanler, eldest of ten children born to John Winthrop Chanler and Margaret Astor Ward of the Astor family.[5] The marriage was scandalous, but unhappy. The couple spent seven years as husband and wife, but most of the time lived apart.[1] Rives flirted with George Curzon[5] and began using drugs.[1] In 1896, just four months after their divorce, she married Prince Pierre Troubetzkoy, an artist and aristocrat[1] after Oscar Wilde introduced them in London. The couple resided at Castle Hill,[6] near Cismont, Virginia.

She was a close friend of novelist Julia Magruder, a frequent guest at Castle Hill,[7] as well as prominent New York novelist Louis Auchincloss, who included a charming chapter on her in his memoir, A Writer's Capital.

Troubetzkoy's papers reside at the Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library at the University of Virginia.


  • A Brother to Dragons and Other Old-time Tales (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1888)
  • Virginia of Virginia (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1888)
  • Herod and Mariamne (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1888)
  • The Quick or the Dead? A Study (J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1888)
  • Witness of the Sun (J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1889)
  • According to St. John (John W. Lovell Co., New York, 1891)
  • Barbara Dering: A Sequel to The Quick or the Dead? (J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1893)
  • Tanis the Sang-Digger (Town Topics Publishing Co. New York, 1893)
  • Athelwold (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1893)
  • Meriel (Chatto & Windas, London, 1898)
  • Augustine the Man (John Lane Company, New York, 1906)
  • Seléné (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1905)
  • A Damsel Errant (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1908)
  • The Golden Rose: The Romance of A Strange Soul (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1908)
  • Trix and Over-the-Moon (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1909)
  • Pan's Mountain (Harper & Brothers, New York, 1910)
  • Hidden House (J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia, 1912)
  • World's End (Frederick A. Stokes & Co., New York, 1914)
  • Shadows of Flames (Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., London, 1915)
  • The Elusive Lady (Hurst & Blackett, Ltd., London)
  • The Ghost Garden (S. B. Gundy, Toronto, 1918)
  • As The Wind Blew (Frederick A. Stokes & Co., New York, 1920)
  • The Sea-Womans Cloak and November Eve (Stewart Kidd Co., Cincinnati, 1923)
  • The Queerness of Celia (Grosset & Dunlap, New York, 1926)
  • Firedamp (Frederick A. Stokes & Co., New York, 1930)



External links

  • Personal website of a relative of Amélie Rives with images

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