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Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati (Ultimate Edition) Hardcover – Oct 24 2017

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  • Hardcover: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1 edition (Oct. 24 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1517903718
  • ISBN-13: 978-1517903718
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 771 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #613,611 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Fascinating . . . with or without her cheetahs, the Marchesa Casati’s circus of the self makes her a natural for the new millennium."—Vanity Fair

"A meticulously researched biography, Infinite Variety is as much art history as chronicle of personal obsession."—New York Times

"Ryersson and Yaccarino are judicious historians of frivolity who capture the tone of a life that was obscenely profligate yet strangely pure."—The New Yorker

"Beautifully written . . . Prepare to be astonished."—ELLE

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The Marchesa Luisa Casati was Europe's most notorious celebrity, and its most eccentric. For the first three decades of the twentieth century she astounded the continent. Nude servants gilded in gold leafs attended her; bizarre wax mannequins sat as guests at her dining table; and she wore live snakes as jewellery. Among those she captivated were Man Ray, Augustus John, Jean Cocteau, Cecil Beaton and Jack Kerouac. Some became lovers, others awestruck admirers, but all were influenced by this extraordinary muse. Explored in detail for the first time, this is the story of the Marchesa Luisa Casati.

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