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An Illuminated Life: Belle da Costa Greene's Journey from Prejudice to Privilege

Heidi Ardizzone
514 pages
B&W photographs
13 x 10 inches

In 1905, when J. P. Morgan hired Belle da Costa Greene to organize his rare book collection, she had only her personality and a few years' experience to recommend her. Soon she was shaping his world-renowned collection of rare books and art. This biography follows the brilliant and flamboyant Greene through her early concealment of her African-American heritage, her rise to success, influence, and prosperity, and her affairs with important men of the day.