I just finished readingInfinite Variety – The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati (Scot D. Ryersson & Michael Orlando Yaccarino). It’s good, it’s so good. I came across this book as I was picking up Casanova’s memoirs (Casanova / Casati – they just happen to live beside each other on the bookshelf). I was drawn toward her photo on the book’s cover and as soon as I read the back, I knew I had struck gold:
‘Like a siren seated on the rocks of Capri, or a fabulously plumed bird of paradise shimmering in the grandest salon, the Marchesa Casati was the most extraordinary of the self-styled femme fatales…” (Stephen Calloway)
Fantastic. This book really stirs the imagination. Such an incredible life.
More info on Casati here: www.marchesacasati.com