Author & Scholar of Badass Women of The Gilded Age



Donna M. Lucey

Donna is an award-winning author and scholar. She is the recipient of two NEH grants and is a 2017 writer-in-residence at Edith Wharton’s The Mount.

Donna authored the New York Times bestseller Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age. Her latest book, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas (W. W. Norton, 2017), chronicles the lives of four women painted by or affiliated with the iconic, high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent.

Previous works include I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation, 1600 to 1920 (2001) and the award-winning Photographing Montana 1894–1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron (1990).


"Lucey’s superlative group portrait, rendered in crystal-clear prose, is spring-fed by her immersion in vast archives of letters and diaries, her pilgrimages to the extraordinary places that shaped her subjects’ lives, and her keen insights into what drove these women to break out of their gilded cages."—Booklist's starred review of Sargent's Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas