Forty years with Berenson / with an introduction by Sir Kenneth Clark Mariano, Nicky

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Mariano, Nicky
Berenson, Bernard, 1865-1959.; Berenson, Bernard.; Art historians - Biography.
Of Bernard Berenson Sir Kenneth Clark wrote after his death: 'He was looked after by one of the most angelic companions who have ever fallen to the lot of a great man, Miss Nicky Mariano, who came to help in the library as a girl and remained at I Tatti as the devoted friend of Mr. and Mrs. Berenson for over forty years.' Now Miss Mariano has told the story of her long association with the Berensons. She first met 'BB' in 1914, and her immediate impressions were far from favourable. It was not until his wife, Mary Pearsall Smith, persuaded her to work as librarian that she fell under his spell. She shared their friendship and their travels until Mary's death in 1946, and then looked after BB alone to the day of his death in October 1959. In this unique book we meet the famous men and women of all nationalities who came to I Tatti, from Bertrand Russell and Lytton Strachey to Cocteau and Klemperer. We see BB as 'the passionate sightseer' on his travels, learn of his weaknesses, watch his flirtations (on which Mary and Nicky turned an indulgent eye) and for the first time feel we know him as he really was. (Inside cover)
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