Queen Bee of Tuscany at the Boston Athenaeum

The Redoubtable Janet Ross, 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 six years, she wrote for the London Times. In 1867, she moved to Florence, Italy where she spent the remaining sixty years of her life writing a series of books an hosting a colorful miscellany of friends and neighbors from Mark Twain to Bernard Berenson.  

Ben Downing who writes for the Paris Review and coeditor of Parnassus discusses.

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