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In An American Princess Laurie Dennett relates the remarkable story of a New England girl whose wealth intelligence and charm took her to the heart of aristocratic and intellectual Europe. Marguerite Chapin 18801963 was the product of two cultures her fathers enterprising American one and her mothers French heritage which enabled her to move to Paris when she inherited a fortune at age twenty-one. There she studied singing with the greatest tenor of the age commis- sioned paintings from artists such as Pierre Bonnard Edouard Vuillard and Andr Derain and drew upon her many friendships with writers to found and edit the pioneering literary review Commerce. Her marriage in 1911 to the composer Prince Roffredo Caetani a member of one of Italys oldest dynasties added a whole new dimension to her life. Not only did it bring her a title but hap- piness two children and a set of extraordinarily talented in-laws. When Marguerite and Roffredo moved to Rome in 1932 Ninfa the estate where the Caetani family had created a garden among the ruins of a medieval town offered a refuge from fascism and an outlet for creativity. At age sixty-eight having survived the death of her son the war and the occupation Marguerite launched the international review Botteghe Oscure. Its aim was to reclaim respectability for Italian writing but through her discerning and generous editorial vision it became a showcase for writers everywhere. An engrossing biography based on extensive original research An American Princess celebrates Marguerite Chapin Caetanis impressive accom- plishments and legacy. Laurie Dennett is the author of numerous corporate histories. She lives in Lugo Spain. 1 1 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 B I O G R A P H Y An American Princess The Remarkable Life of Marguerite Chapin Caetani laurie dennett How a New Englander became a princess made literary history and helped create Italys most romantic garden. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S January 2017 978-0-7735-4818-3 39.95T CDN 34.95T US 26.99 cloth 6.25 x 9.25 456pp 75 photos Ebook available