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A Dream of Empire Or, The House of Blennerhassett   By: (1836-1920)

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A Dream of Empire Or, The House of Blennerhassett by William Henry Venable is a captivating historical novel that caters to both fans of historical fiction and those interested in the United States' early years. Set against the backdrop of the early 19th century, the story follows a young and ambitious Irish immigrant, Harmon Blennerhassett, as he navigates the tumultuous waters of political intrigue and personal desires.

Venable paints a vivid portrait of Blennerhassett, a complex character driven by a relentless pursuit of wealth, power, and ultimately, his dream of creating a utopia in the American wilderness. Blennerhassett's journey takes readers from his humble beginnings in Ireland to the flourishing city of New York and ultimately to an enchanted island on the Ohio River, where he constructs his grand mansion and envisions his empire.

The author masterfully blends fact with fiction, seamlessly incorporating real historical figures like Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson into the narrative. Through the lens of Blennerhassett's experiences, Venable explores the political climate of the time, delving into the heated debates surrounding states' rights, the expansion of the American frontier, and the idealistic visions that drove the early pioneers.

Despite its historical grounding, A Dream of Empire also delves into deeply personal themes. As readers become acquainted with Blennerhassett's aspirations and struggles, they witness the transformation of a man consumed by his ambitions, blinding him to the consequences of his actions. The novel explores the themes of power, morality, and the human desire for a better future, all while questioning the cost of pursuing such dreams.

Venable's prose is both elegant and immersive, allowing readers to vividly imagine the settings and vividly experience the characters' emotions. The plot moves swiftly, seamlessly weaving together various storylines, and Venable leaves no stone unturned, providing meticulous detail and painting a rich tapestry of the early American landscape.

With A Dream of Empire, William Henry Venable presents a historical novel that is not only entertaining but thought-provoking. Blending historical accuracy with compelling storytelling, readers will find themselves engrossed in the political and personal dramas that unfold throughout the pages. Whether you are a fan of American history, enjoy tales of ambition and pursuit, or simply appreciate a well-crafted narrative, this novel is undeniably worth exploring.

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A DREAM OF EMPIRE

Or THE HOUSE OF BLENNERHASSETT

By WILLIAM HENRY VENABLE

AUTHOR OF "A HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES," "JOHN HANCOCK, EDUCATOR," &c.

New York DODD, MEAD AND COMPANY MDCCCCI

Copyright, 1901, By Dodd, Mead and Company.

TO EMERSON VENABLE

Contents

I. AN ECCENTRIC VISITOR. 1 II. A NOTED CHARACTER ARRIVES IN PITTSBURG. 16 III. PILLARS OF SMOKE. 28 IV. PLUTARCH BYLE MAKES A NEW ACQUAINTANCE. 39 V. IN THE LADIES' BOWER. 45 VI. DOCTOR DEVILLE AND HIS LUCRECE. 62 VII. CONSPIRACY. 71 VIII. DIAMOND CUT DIAMOND. 82 IX. DON'T FORGET THE BITTERS. 97 X. "NOW TO MY CHARMS AND TO MY WILY TRAINS." 118 XI. PALAFOX GROWS INSOLENT. 127 XII. SNARING A PHILOSOPHER. 137 XIII. THE ENCHANTED GROUND. 150 XIV. A LARGESS OF CORONETS... Continue reading book >>




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