Published March 27, 2024

Margeurite Steinheil has been born into a middle-class family and trapped in a marriage to a failed artist twenty years her senior. But with a nervy plan, she takes elite men as lovers, seeking to charm her way into French high society: a real-life femme fatale playing a dangerous game.

In the U.S., among the fabled tycoons of the Gilded Age is Mrs. Frank Leslie, a woman who ran the country’s largest publishing company while taking lovers and marrying four times.

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