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The author of the book: Irving Stone
Edition: Thomas Nelson
Date of issue: August 30th 1996
ISBN 13: 9781558534315
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.28 MB
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Irving Stone wrote books under the genre Biographical Fiction which is wholly based on real characters without made up characters to move the plot along.
I did find the history of the new community of Nashville, TN from its beginning very informative and interesting since I'm a native of Tennessee. Rachel Donelson's parents were the first settlers to the Nashville area and were well respected by the community.
Rachel is soon smitten with the handsome and charming Lewis Robards and they are quickly married. Sadly, Robards was an extremely jealous man and emotionally abusive to his beautiful wife.
After many attempts at reconciliation Rachel moves back to her parents home where she falls in love with Andrew Jackson a newly arrived lawyer who boards with her parents.
Rachel Jackson married the future 7th President of the USA, Andrew Jackson, while still married to her abusive first husband, Lewis Robards, although she was not aware at the time that her divorce had not been granted after all.
Rachel is soon ostracized by the community as a 'fallen woman' once Robards divorces her for adultery, ruining Rachel's reputation even though Jackson's political career was not affected.
Stone relates the tale of Rachel's humiliation in excruciating detail and I have to say this is one of the most depressing books I've ever read.
If you're interested in learning the history and settlement of this area this book is well researched and should prove enjoyable.
Stone's relating of Rachel's downward decline into misery and death is not for the faint of heart.
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Read information about the authorIn 1923, Stone received his bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley. In the 1960s, Stone received an honorary Doctorate of Letters from the University of Southern California, where he had previously earned a Masters Degree from the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences.
When at home, Stone relied upon the research facilities and expertise made available to him by Esther Euler, head research librarian of the University of California at Los Angeles, to whom he dedicated and thanked, in addition to many others, in several of his works.
Stone enjoyed a long marriage to his wife and editor on many of his works, Jean Stone. The Stones lived primarily in Los Angeles, California. During their lifetime, Stone and his wife funded a foundation to support charitable causes they believed in.
Stone's main source for Lust for Life, as noted in the afterword, were Van Gogh's letters to his brother Theo. It seems probable that Vincent's letters to and from his own brother Theo provided a foundation for Adversary in the House. Stone additionally did much of his research "in the field". For example, he spent many years living in Italy while working on The Agony and the Ecstasy. The Italian government lauded Stone with several honorary awards during this period for his cultural achievements highlighting Italian history.
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