CROWNED BY THE FRENCH ACADEMY Alexandre Philippe Regnier Marquis de Massa was a soldier, composer, and French dramatist. He studied at St. Cyr, and chose a military career, receiving a commision in the cavalry. He served in the Imperial Guard, took part in the Italian and Franco-Prussian wars, and was promoted to Chief of Squadron. Resigning from active service, he was appointed Lt. Colonel in the territorial army, and received the Legion of Honor. He was a composer, dramatist, and novelist. Zibeline is a romance, featuring Valentine de Vermont, daughter of a fabulously wealthy French-American fur dealer. Upon her father's death, she goes to Paris, where her furs get her the nickname Zibiline, after a rare wild animal. Her husband's fortune originated in an enormous gambling win from a French aristocrat. In Paris she meets a young French military hero whose father was the aristocrat ruined by his losses. She desires to restore his fortune, but winds up giving more than money. Zibeline is an interesting study of a brilliant and unconventional American woman as seen by a clever Frenchman.