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Detroit Lakes Public Library FRA (Text) 33500013792783 New Checked out 06/20/2023

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  • ISBN: 9781567927405
  • ISBN: 1567927408
  • Physical Description: xiii, 376 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: Boston : Godine, 2023.

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"A deeply evocative portrait of Isabella Stewart Gardner, a daring visionary who created an inimitable legacy in American art and transformed the city of Boston itself. By the time Isabella Stewart Gardner opened her Italian palazzo-style home as a museum in 1903 to showcase her collection of old masters, antiques, and objects d'art, she was already well-known for scandalizing Boston's polite society. But when Isabella first arrives in Boston in 1861, she is twenty years old, newly married to a wealthy trader, and unsure of herself. Puzzled by the frosty reception she receives from stuffy bluebloods, she strives to fit in. After two devastating tragedies and rejection from upper-society, Isabella discovers her spirit and casts off expectations. Freed by travel, Isabella explores the world of art, ideas, and letters, meeting such kindred spirits as Henry James and Oscar Wilde. From London and Paris to Egypt and Asia, she develops a keen eye for paintings and objects, and meets feminists ready to transform nineteenth century thinking in the twentieth century. Isabella becomes an eccentric trailblazer, painted by John Singer Sargent in a portrait of daring d├ęcolletage, and fond of such stunts as walking a pair of lions in the Boston Public Garden. The Lioness of Boston is a portrait of what society expected a woman's life to be, shattered by a courageous soul who rebelled and determined to live on her own terms"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2023 April #2
    Famous for her idiosyncratic, frozen-intime Boston museum, smart, inquisitive, independent, and scandalous Isabella Stewart Gardner is as enticing a subject for a historical novelist as she was for John Singer Sargent, whose portrait of her so shocked the blue bloods. Franklin avails herself of many intriguing facts, but gives her imagination free rein as she writes from Isabella's perspective. As an intrepid young newlywed from New York, Isabella is hurt by the frostiness of her wealthy husband's conservative social circle. She hopes that motherhood will make her more acceptable, but tragedy strikes. The cure, she decides, is to unleash her energies and throw off the chains of sexism. She finds a sense of purpose in her travels and in acquiring rare books and art. Franklin orchestrates interactions with invented characters and such historic figures as Charles Eliot Norton, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Berthe Morisot, and Bernard Berenson as Isabella becomes a virtuoso of the witty riposte, a foe of intolerance, and a champion of art and freedom. A lusciously well-written, amusing, and involving improvisation on an endlessly intriguing figure. Copyright 2023 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gardner, Isabella Stewart, 1840-1924 > Fiction.
Art > Collectors and collecting > Fiction.
Boston (Mass.) > Fiction.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

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