The Memory Palace of Isabella Stewart Gardner, Patricia Vigderman
A meditation on art and aesthetics, Vigderman's exploration of Gardner's museum climbs inside the mind of the collector and all the illustrious characters that advised and accompanied her as she assembled a 'death-defying memorial' to herself.
Vigderman grew up in Washington, D.C. and Europe. She graduated from Vassar, after which a circuitous course led her through editing, translating, journalism, teaching, a doctoral dissertation (on nineteenth-century novels as film, as history, and as autobiography), and a lot of time in museums. She divides her year between Cambridge, Massachusetts and Gambier, Ohio, where she teaches.