Like an American heiress in a tale by Henry James, Iris Origo (1902-1988) was born into a world of "unfair advantages of education, money, environment, and opportunity." She used her birthright wisely, traveling the world, studying art with Berenson, and, with her Italian husband, improving the land and the lot of peasants in the Val d'Orcia of Tuscany. She tells her life story in Images & Shadows, and the result is "a small classic... Origo re-creates the lost mad world of Bernard Berenson and his Anglo-American artistic coterie in Florence. She is also marvelous at nuances of place and personality, writing with a subtle mingling of candor and affection that lingers in the mind" (Fiona MacCarthy).
About the Author
Iris Origo (1902-1988) was an Anglo-Irish biographer and writer who lived in Italy, devoting much of her life to the improvement of the Tuscan estate at La Foce. Her distinguished writing career, before and after World War II, includes notable works such as War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 (1947; Godine 2002) and The Merchant of Prado (1957; Godine 2002).
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|5||Childhood at Fiesole||113|
|6||Reading and Learning||142|
|7||Growing up and Coming out||155|