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ILLUMINATED LIFE: BELLA DA COSTA GREENE'S JOURNEY FROM PREJUDICE TO PRIVILEGE

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Publication Date: 
June 1, 2007
Format: 
Hardcover
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Trim Size: 
9.54in. x 6.52in. x 1.63in.
ISBN: 
9780393051049
About This Item: 
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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