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

By Douglass Shand-Tucci
$106.95
Book Details
  • Author: Douglass Shand-Tucci
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Published: 1998-11-01
"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."
-- Diane Wood Middlebrook, "New York Times Book Review" (front page review)

"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."
"-- The New Yorker"

"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."
-- Alex Beam, "Boston Globe"

"He dares to paint in words the woman John Singer Sargent painted on canvas. . . . She is always engagingly human and brimming with life."
-- Daniel Aaron, "The New Republic"

"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."
"-- Booklist"

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