An Illuminated Life:

Belle da Costa Greene’s Journey from Prejudice to Privilege

by Heidi Ardizzone (W.W. Norton & Company)


This critically acclaimed biography of Belle da Costa Greene (1879–1950) investigates the life of the woman who became the confidante of J.P. Morgan and directed the Morgan Library for 25 years. That was a rare and powerful position for a woman in the early 1900s, made even more so by the fact that Greene was biracial. That was a heritage the charismatic young woman generally did not divulge.

The author teaches American studies and history at Notre Dame. She also is the co-author of Love on Trial: An American Scandal in Black and White.

(November 2007)