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The Art of Scandal: The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner

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"The narrative is one long, messy, juicy gossip peppered with exclamations. . . . But gossip is an effective rhetoric for this life. . . . Gardner may have hoped, by burning her letters, to escape capture in yet another book plotted like a novel by Henry James. She might have liked this garrulous, sociable portrait of her time."<BR>-- Diane Wood Middlebrook, "New York Times Book Review" (front page review)<P> "This intimate engrossing biography finally gives the creator of one of the world's great museums credit for her achievements. . . . The author's expertise in American cultural history greatly enriches his narrative."<BR>"-- The New Yorker" <P> "It's the unauthorized story of the grandest of Boston's grand dames that any sentient person wants to read. "The Art of Scandal" has a delightful sense of the city that once was the Athens of America."<BR>-- Alex Beam, "Boston Globe" <P> "He dares to paint in words the woman John Singer Sargent painted on canvas. . . . She is always engagingly human and brimming with life." <BR>-- Daniel Aaron, "The New Republic" <P>"Gardner's heretofore fugitive life story is riveting because Shand-Tucci turns out to be erudite, witty, and wise. . . . Shand-Tucci describes her adventures, eccentricities, and resounding success as a muse, mentor, patron, and designer, shedding light on a singular woman and her influential role in the evolution of American culture."<BR>"-- Booklist
Product Details

Author: Douglass Shand-Tucci

Language: English


Binding: Paperback

Publisher: Harpercollins

Release Date: 1998-01-01

Pages: 368

ISBN: 0060929774

ISBN13: 9780060929770