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The Raven's Bride: A Novel of Eliza Allen and Sam Houston (Southwest Life & Letters)

Crook, Elizabeth

Editore: Southern Methodist University Press, 1993
ISBN 10: 0870743481 / ISBN 13: 9780870743481
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Titolo: The Raven's Bride: A Novel of Eliza Allen ...

Casa editrice: Southern Methodist University Press

Data di pubblicazione: 1993

Legatura: Soft cover

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Riassunto: In 1829, Sam Houston was the thirty-six-year-old governor of Tennessee, and his political horizons seemed limitless. The marriage of this charismatic, ambitious statesman to twenty-year-old Eliza Allen, the daughter of a prominent land-holder, seemed to form the perfect social foundation on which Houston would build his glittering career. But just eleven weeks after the wedding, Eliza suddenly and inexplicably left her new husband, creating a scandal that caused the governor to resign his office in disgrace and embark on an exile that would ultimately deliver him to Texas, and a destiny even grander and more improbable than anyone could have imagined. Through decades of rumor and speculation, Sam Houston and Eliza Allen never revealed the source of their unhappiness, and carried the secret with them to their graves. The Raven's Bride is a brilliantly original novel that unravels this dark romantic mystery while illuminating a vivid and fascinating moment in America's past. In these pages, Sam Houston is presented as he must have been--a heroic figure (called "The Raven" by the Cherokee), vain, flamboyant, magnetic, his outsized personality fueled by a desparate need for love. And Eliza Allen is his match: a prideful, magnificent young woman, both drawn to and disturbed by her husband's grand aspirations. With the investigative acuity of a historian and the profound empathy of a gifted novelist, Elizabeth Crook has created an enthralling portrait of these star-crossed lovers and the vibrant, restless world that brought them together. Richly detailed and splendidly imagined, The Ravens Bride turns a baffling historical conundrum into a complex and deeply affecting love story.

Sinossi: The marriage in 1829 of Sam Houston, the thirty-six-year-old governor of Tennessee, to Eliza Allen, the twenty-year-old daughter of a prominent landholder, lasted only eleven weeks. The ensuing scandal caused Houston to resign his office in disgrace, leave Tennessee to live with the Cherokees in Arkansas, and eventually to go to Texas and mold its history.

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