Alexandra Ripley


Born
in Charleston, South Carolina, The United States
January 08, 1934

Died
January 10, 2004

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Alexandra Ripley was an American writer best known as the author of Scarlett, the sequel to Gone with the Wind. Her first novel was Who's the Lady in the President's Bed?. Charleston, her first historical novel, was a bestseller, as were her next books On Leaving Charleston, The Time Returns, and New Orleans Legacy. Scarlett received some bad reviews, but was very successful nonetheless. She attended the elite Ashley Hall, in Charleston, South Carolina, and Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

She died in Richmond, Virginia, and is survived by two daughters from her first marriage to Leonard Ripley, a son in law and granddaughter, Alexandra Elizabeth.

Ripley has also published works under the name B.K. Ripley.
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Average rating: 3.6 · 67,355 ratings · 2,976 reviews · 34 distinct worksSimilar authors
Scarlett

3.57 avg rating — 56,112 ratings — published 1991 — 111 editions
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Scarlett: The Sequel to Mar...

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Charleston

3.97 avg rating — 1,216 ratings — published 1981 — 19 editions
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Scarlett Part 1 of 2

4.13 avg rating — 1,267 ratings — published 1991 — 17 editions
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On Leaving Charleston

3.98 avg rating — 667 ratings — published 1984 — 17 editions
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From Fields of Gold

3.74 avg rating — 752 ratings — published 1994 — 18 editions
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New Orleans Legacy

3.97 avg rating — 688 ratings — published 1987 — 16 editions
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A Love Divine

3.92 avg rating — 173 ratings — published 1996 — 6 editions
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The Time Returns

3.82 avg rating — 134 ratings — published 1985 — 12 editions
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Scarlett #4

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“But if you knew that, why on earth did you marry her?" Rosemary asked.

"Why?" Rhett's mouth twisted in a smile.
"Because she was so full of fire and so recklessly, stubbornly brave.Because she was such a child beneath all her pretenses.Because she was unlike any woman I had ever known. She fascinated
me,infuriated me, drove me mad. I loved her as consumingly as she loved him. From the day I first laid eyes on her. It was a kind of disease."
There was a weight of sorrow in his voice. He bowed his head into his two hands and laughed shakily. His voice was muffled and blurred by his fingers. "What a grotesque practical joke life is. Now Ashley Wilkes is a free man and would marry Scarlett on a moment's notice, and I want to be rid of her. Naturally that makes her determined to have me. She wants only what she cannot have."
Rhett raised his head. "I'm afraid," he said quietly, "afraid that it will all begin again. I know that she's heartless and completely selfish, that she's like a child who cries for a toy and then breaks it once she has it. But there are moments when she tilts her head at a certain angle, or she smiles that gleeful smile, or she suddenly looks lost-and I come close to forgetting what I know.”
Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett

“You belong with me, Scarlett, haven't you figured that out? And the world is where we belong, all of it. We're not home-and-hearth people. We're the adventurers, the buccaneers, the blockade runners. Without challenge, we're only half alive. We can go anywhere, and as long as we're together, it will belong to us. But, my pet, we'll never belong to it. That's for other people, not for us.”
Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett

“Should-haves solve nothing. It's the next thing to happen that needs thinking about.”
Alexandra Ripley, Scarlett

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