The Art of Scandal

The Art of Scandal

The Life and Times of Isabella Stewart Gardner

Book - 1998
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Publisher: New York : HarperCollins, 1998.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060186432
Branch Call Number: 921 GARDNER, ISABELLA
Characteristics: xvi, 351 p., [4] p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 25 cm.


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May 28, 2014

Supremely annoying prose. Isabella Stewart Gardner deserves much, much better. A sentence chosen by opening the book at random will give you an idea what you're in for: "Ellery Sedgwick, the Atlantic editor already heard from before here as a boy in a gym at Groton, who in adulthood became a friend of Gardner's, ventured in his memoirs an even greater leap, reminiscent of the one cited at this chapter's opening by Bates in The Puritans, but more daring because not just from frolic to religiosity in aid of remorse but in Sedgwick's case from sports to art and religion by way of explanation for, of all things! the high altar screen Gardner gave the Church of the Advent." Gag me with a reredos! (not to perpetuate Shand-Tucci's blatant overuse of exclamation marks...)


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