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New PDF release: American Princess: The Remarkable Life of Marguerite Chapin

By Laurie Dennett

In An American Princess, Laurie Dennett relates the extraordinary tale of a brand new England lady whose wealth, intelligence, and beauty took her to the center of aristocratic and highbrow Europe. Marguerite Chapin (1880-1963) was once the made of cultures: her father's enterprising American one, and her mother's French history, which enabled her to maneuver to Paris while she inherited a fortune at age twenty-one. There, she studied making a song with the best tenor of the age, commissioned work from artists akin to Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and André Derain, and drew upon her many friendships with writers to came across and edit the pioneering literary assessment trade.

Her marriage, in 1911, to the composer Prince Roffredo Caetani, a member of 1 of Italy's oldest dynasties, additional an entire new size to her existence. not just did it deliver her a identify, yet happiness, young ones, and a suite of terribly proficient in-laws. whilst Marguerite and Roffredo moved to Rome in 1932, Ninfa, the property the place the Caetani family members had created a backyard one of the ruins of a medieval city, provided a safe haven from fascism and an outlet for creativity. At age sixty-eight, having survived the dying of her son, the warfare and the career, Marguerite introduced the overseas evaluation Botteghe Oscure. Its target used to be to reclaim respectability for Italian writing, yet via her discerning and beneficiant editorial imaginative and prescient, it grew to become a exhibit for writers far and wide.

An engrossing biography in accordance with wide unique study, An American Princess celebrates Marguerite Chapin Caetani's remarkable accomplishments and legacy.

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