Person:Amelia Rives (1)

Amelia Louise Rives
m. 1819
  1. Francis Robert Rives1822 - 1891
  2. William Cabell Rives1825 - 1889
  3. Alfred Landon Rives1830 - 1903
  4. Amelia Louise Rives1832 -
  5. Ella Rives1834 - 1892
Facts and Events
Name Amelia Louise Rives
Gender Female
Birth? 8 Jul 1832 Paris, Paris, France
Occupation? Author

Amélie Louise Rives Troubetzkoy (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. 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.[2]

A goddaughter of Robert E. Lee and a granddaughter of the engineer and senator William Cabell Rives, Amélie Rives married eccentric John Armstrong Chanler (an heir to the Astor family fortune) of New York.[3] 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,[3] her husband's younger brother, and began using drugs.[1] In 1896, just four months after their divorce, she married Pierre Troubetzkoy, an artist and aristocrat.[1] The couple resided at Castle Hill,[4] near Cismont, Virginia.

She was a close friend of novelist, Julia Magruder, who was a frequent guest at Castle Hill.[5]


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)

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