THE AMAZING MADAME JUMEL by Wm. Cary Duncan
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THE AMAZING MADAME JUMEL

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Biography that reads like fiction, the life story of a woman who began her exotic career as a prostitute and covered the incredible span to become Madame Eliza de la Croix, Madame Jumel and Mrs. Aaron Burr before her death, at ninety. An illegitimate child, born in Providence, she seemed to have the hand of Fate against her, but beauty and grit and imagination and shrewdness served her well. She acquired the culture she felt necessary, she tricked Jumel into marrying her, and kept his love and interest, she travelled, she took an exalted place in the society of two continents, she was the cause of the duel between Burr and Hamilton, she married Burr after Jumel's death, and she divorced him just before his death. A crowded and glamorous life. It makes interesting reading, but unfortunately the author paints the lily, by overlading his story with evidence, convincing where conviction is not needed. Handled as Peggy Eaton was handled in Gorgeous Hussy, this material is peerless. The faults of style will, unfortunately, handicap the sale in the market where it would be most enjoyed. However, it is vivid enough to come through in spite of that.

Pub Date: Feb. 14th, 1935
Publisher: Stokes