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Queen Bee of Tuscany Quite Simply One Of The Best Books Of The Year Michael Dirda, The Washington PostBen Downing S Queen Bee Of Tuscany Brings An Extraordinary Victorian Back To Life Born Into A Distinguished Intellectual Family And Raised Among Luminaries Such As Dickens And Thackeray, Janet Ross Married At Eighteen And Went To Live In Egypt There, For The Next Six Years, She Wrote For The London Times, Hobnobbed With The Developer Of The Suez Canal, And Humiliated Pashas In Horse Races In 1867 She Moved To Florence, Italy Where She Spent The Remaining Sixty Years Of Her Life Writing A Series Of Books And Hosting A Colorful Miscellany Of Friends And Neighbors, From Mark Twain To Bernard Berenson, At Poggio Gherardo, Her House In The Hills Above The City Eventually She Became The Acknowledged Doyenne Of The Anglo Florentine Colony, As It Was Known Yet She Was Also Immersed In The Rural Life Of Tuscany An Avid Agriculturalist, She Closely Supervised The Farms On Her Estate And The Sharecroppers Who Worked Them, Often Pitching In On Grape And Olive Harvests Spirited, Erudite, And Supremely Well Connected, Ross Was One Of The Most Dynamic Women Of Her Day Her Life Offers A Fascinating Window On Fascinating Times, From The Risorgimento To The Rise Of Fascism Encompassing All This Rich History, Queen Bee Of Tuscany Is A Panoramic Portrait Of An Age, A Family, And Our Evolving Love Affair With Tuscany.A Washington Post Notable Nonfiction Book Of 2013


10 thoughts on “Queen Bee of Tuscany

  1. says:

    COLOSSALLY DULL Though intelligent and learned, especially for an autodidact, she was by no means brilliant page 15The first hundred or so pages the entire first three chapters of The Queen Bee of Tuscany The Redoubtable Janet Ross, by Ben Downing, are a mind numbing miasma of proper nouns, and should be skipped Yo...


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    It was interesting to read this and the Berenson biography so close together, as they were so different and covered some of the same ground.This isn t a particularly deep biography, and I m left with the impression Downing think...


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    I simply couldn t get into this Much as I usually enjoy biographies of singular individuals, it seemed I was in for a nonstop parade of people that Janet met, places that Janet had been, and so on While many of these people and p...


  4. says:

    downing s book is so wordy, so detailed that it is unbearable reading what could have been an insightful and delightful peek into an age we don t know enough about is, instead, a plodding, name dropping tome with no spark there is no story, no plot, no timeline janet ross may have been a fascinating...


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    Thought it was poorly written, couldn t finish it.


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    Just finished Ben Downing s Queen Bee of Tuscany The Redoubtable Janet Ross New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013 The book is a biography of Janet Duff Gordon Ross, a fascinating woman who lived a life that connected the Victorian world of arts and letters to that of the twentieth century Downing writes not only about Ross s life in England, Egypt and finally in Tuscany but also about the larger Anglo Italian community that lived in Italy To understand her, he argues the reader needs Just finished Ben Downing s Queen Bee of Tuscany The Redoubtable Janet Ross New York Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013 The book is a biography of Janet Duff Gordon Ross, a fascinating woman who lived a life that connected the Victorian world of arts and letters to that of the twentieth century Downing writes not only about Ross s...


  7. says:

    I managed to get through Ben Downing s book on Janet Ross It was something of a slog I came out at the end wondering what the big deal was about and why this particular woman excited him to write about her in the first place So I began by adding up the pluses She wrote books, apparently quite a few of them, and except for ...


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    I did not finish this book I was very interested in Lucie Austin, Janet s mother, and would have enjoyed readingabout her The women in this family were definitely interesting characters who lived rich and exciting lives In the hands of a different writer, this should have been enough to keep me engaged.My problem with this book is that 1 Janet Ross, while interesting, was not that interesting to write a whol...


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    Janet Ross, the subject of Queen Bee of Tuscany, was a fascinating woman she was connected to almost every eminent Victorian and Edwardian that you can name What s , she was an active agriculturalist at her villa, Poggio Gherardo, and an author of no mean skill her classic cookbook Leaves from Our Tuscan Kitchen has the most enduring legacy, but she wrote on a wide variety of topics.Downing s biography is extremely well researched, and his portrait of Janet Ross is picked out in elegan Janet Ross, the subject of Queen Bee of Tuscany, was a fascinating woman she was connected to almost every eminent Victorian and Edwardian that you can name What s , she was an active agriculturalist at her villa, Poggio Gherardo, and an author of no mean skill her c...


  10. says:

    There is a lot of good fun in this book about Tuscany and the Anglo Saxon love affair with the region We are given extensive background for Janet Ross, who was the perfect specimen of this group, who lived in Italy and stayed the Other After reading about her family background, her marriage, her almost always celebrity guests, I w...


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