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The personal librarian


Summary: "The remarkable, little-known story of Belle da Costa Greene, J. P. Morgan's personal librarian-who became one of the most powerful women in New York despite the dangerous secret she kept in order to make her dreams come true, from New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. Pierpont Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture on the New York society scene and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps build a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and well-known advocate for equality. Belle's complexion isn't dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white-her complexion is dark because she is African American. The Personal Librarian tells the story of an extraordinary woman, famous for her intellect, style, and wit, and shares the lengths she must go-for the protection of her family and her legacy-to preserve her carefully crafted white identity in the racist world in which she lives"--Provided by publisher.

Item details

  • ISBN: 0593437039
  • ISBN: 9780593437032
  • ISBN: 9780593101551
  • ISBN: 0593101537
  • ISBN: 9780593101537
  • Physical Description: 341 pages ; 24 cm
    regular print
  • Publisher: New York : Berkley, [2021]

Contents / Notes

General Note: Includes Historical note, Marie Benedict's author's note, and Victoria Christopher Murray's author's note.
Subject: Greene, Belle da Costa Fiction
African American women librarians
Passing (Identity)
Greene, Belle da Costa
FICTION / Historical / General
FICTION / African American & Black / Women
FICTION / Biographical
New York (N.Y) History 1898-1951 Fiction
Passing (Identity) Fiction
African American women librarians Biography Fiction
Genre: Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.
Biographical fiction.

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