American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War

American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War ""Belle of the North"" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal

by John Oller


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ISBN-13: 9780306822803
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 745,884
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

John Oller, a lawyer and former journalist, is the author of Jean Arthur: The Actress Nobody Knew, which film critic Leonard Maltin called "an exceptional piece of work," and the Los Angeles Daily News praised, saying it "neither blinks nor blurs in its examination of a very colorful and eventful life." He lives in New York City.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Woman in the Arena ix

Part 1 Miss Chase

1 "Qualified to Ornament Any Society" 3

2 "I Shall Strive to Be First Wherever I May Be" 12

3 "How Short Then Is This Life!" 20

4 The Belle of Columbus 28

5 The Belle of Washington 39

6 The Boy Governor 45

7 Mrs. Lincoln's Rival 60

8 Wedding of the Decade 74

Part 2 Mrs. Sprague

9 "Imagine My Disappointment" 87

10 "Our Accomplished Countrywoman" 96

11 "More Unfitness Day by Day" 101

12 "I Am Told That She Actually Controls the Entire Affair" 108

13 "You Have Been Most Cruelly Deceived" 120

14 "I Almost Hate This Man" 128

15 "She's Capable of Hitting Him" 134

16 Some Dared Call It Treason 142

17 End of an Era 148

18 End of an Empire 156

19 "Intended by Their Creator for Each Other" 163

20 "Mrs. Conkling Is Not Here This Winter" 172

21 "The Now Notorious Outbreak" 182

22 "The Bird Has Flown" 201

Part 3 Kate Chase Again

23 "A Dinner with the Queen" 211

24 "As Much Alone as Cleopatra" 216

25 Gilded Age Woman 228

26 Stalwart Woman 235

27 An Unmarried Woman 239

28 An Independent Woman 243

29 "What We Have Is Good" 252

30 "None Outshone Her" 260

Epilogue 267

Acknowledgments 271

Notes 275

Selected Bibliography 355

Index 365

Photographs following page 184

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American Queen: The Rise and Fall of Kate Chase Sprague--Civil War "Belle of the North" and Gilded Age Woman of Scandal 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a fascinating look at the life of Kate Chase Sprague who was a savvy pioneer of powerful women in politics. It is a mix of history and drama that beautifully portrays the life of this woman who was hugely influential . Despite being a supporting cast member she made an impact on the politics during the Civil War by becoming the 'Belle of the North" and creating change and movement in her own unique way. A real page turner and a 'must read'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast moving, absorbing, can't put it down tale of a remarkable woman. Well written
SusanReads2 More than 1 year ago
A thorough and fascinating account of a little-remembered but thoroughly engaging person. The book mixes political history with psychological analysis and intrigue. A great read in so many ways -- American history, culture, and social life -- in the context of the post-Civil War era. Oller really captures the tone of the times and made me feel like I was in Kate Chase's home as I was reading about her.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago