By Laurie Dennett

In An American Princess, Laurie Dennett relates the striking tale of a brand new England woman whose wealth, intelligence, and grace took her to the guts of aristocratic and highbrow Europe. Marguerite Chapin (1880-1963) used to be 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 reminiscent of Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, and André Derain, and drew upon her many friendships with writers to chanced on 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, further a complete new size to her existence. not just did it deliver her a identify, yet happiness, youngsters, and a collection of terribly proficient in-laws. while Marguerite and Roffredo moved to Rome in 1932, Ninfa, the property the place the Caetani relatives had created a backyard one of the ruins of a medieval city, provided a shelter from fascism and an outlet for creativity. At age sixty-eight, having survived the loss of life of her son, the warfare and the profession, Marguerite introduced the foreign overview Botteghe Oscure. Its goal used to be to reclaim respectability for Italian writing, yet via her discerning and beneficiant editorial imaginative and prescient, it turned a show off for writers in all places.

An engrossing biography according to broad unique learn, An American Princess celebrates Marguerite Chapin Caetani's remarkable accomplishments and legacy.

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