The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Belle la Costa Greene was J.P. Morgan's personal librarian (and rare
books and art collector) who went on to run The Morgan Library after his
death, converting it into the public serving institution he always
planned. Her story is fascinating, having to pass as white to
live/work/move in the circles she did, how this issue separated her
parents, etc. The authors did a great job at blending research with
imagination; Belle may have burned her personal papers but all the
people she wrote to and did business with over the years did not!
An interview with the authors will come up on the podcast but in the meantime I can recommend this book of historical fiction!
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