An Illuminated Life: Belle Da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2007 - 580 halaman

What would you give up to achieve your dream? When J. P. Morgan hired Belle da Costa Greene in 1905 to organize his rare book and manuscript collection, she had only her personality and a few years of experience to recommend her. Ten years later, she had shaped the famous Pierpont Morgan Library collection and was a proto-celebrity in New York and the art world, renowned for her self-made expertise, her acerbic wit, and her flirtatious relationships. Born to a family of free people of color, Greene changed her name and invented a Portuguese grandmother to enter white society. In her new world, she dined both at the tables of the highest society and with bohemian artists and activists. She also engaged in a decades-long affair with art critic Bernard Berenson. Greene is pure fascination--the buyer of illuminated manuscripts who attracted others to her like moths to a flame.

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The fascinating chronicle of the life of one of history's great biblio-humans. My only gripe is that I wish the author had managed to fit in more about her subject's actual work with the books and manuscripts of the Morgan Library. Baca ulasan lengkap

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Too much of a minute-by-minute recounting of her life, with too little reflection on the meaning and values the people involved. Belle da Costa Greene had numerous sexual affairs with powerful men but ... Baca ulasan lengkap

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Presenting Belle da Costa Greene
1
Raised Expectations
13
Gilded Dreams in New York
40
Princeton Early Influences
61
Belle Green Girl Librarian
78
A Turn in the Road
105
The Whirl in Which I Live
131
Bella Italia
174
Battlefields
326
Lady Directress
366
A Woman of a Certain Age
421
Shining through the Darkness
448
The Passing of Belle Greene
471
Acknowledgments
481
Notes
485
Select Bibliography
543

Hiding in the Light
206
A Modern Woman
251
Crossroads
284
Photograph Credits
549
Index
551
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Heidi Ardizzone is associate professor of American studies at Saint Louis University. She is the author of An Illuminated Life and The Color of Blood and coauthor of Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White.

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