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They grew up in socially prominent families. They fell in love while living as stepbrother and stepsister. They witnessed the assassination of their country’s president. He lost his mind, murdered her, and eventually died in a mental hospital. The stuff of a torrid television miniseries? A melodramatic romance novel? Nope—Henry and Clara Rathbone were true-life paramours and former D.C. residents—over 100 years ago. Thomas Mallon discusses the star-crossed lovers, his book Henry and Clara, and the art of using archival records for researching historical novels at noon in Room 105 of the National Archives, 7th & Pennsylvania Ave. NW. FREE. (202) 501-5402. (Maria Ware)