The 2004 Worldwide Publication of
The Completely Updated English-Language Edition

In its Fourth Printing!

‘I want to be a living work of art.’
—The Marchesa Casati

Infinite Variety:
The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati

The Definitive Edition

In the feature article ‘The Divine Marquise’ for The New Yorker (September 22, 2003), National Book Award winning author Judith Thurman stated: “The only biography of Casati in English, Infinite Variety, was published four years ago and is out of print, but it deserves to be revived.” Happily, that once unfortunate state of affairs was rectified when the University of Minnesota Press published a fully revised and expanded version of the book to coincide with New York Fashion Week in September 2003. Infinite Variety remains the last word on this extraordinary icon.

The updated English-language trade paperback contains an updated text of the Marchesa’s amazing adventures authors Ryersson and Yaccarino. It is no wonder that the University of Minnesota Press identified this version of Infinite Variety as ‘The Definitive Edition’. The book was intensely anticipated as well since both the original American and subsequent British editions of it have long been sold out and are now considered collector’s items. Upon the release of ‘The Definitive Edition’, the now late Lady Moorea Black, granddaughter of the Marchesa Casati, noted: “The authors' constant research and dedication to Lusia's memory and life is truly wonderful. I enjoyed it enormously.” Infinite Variety is the only full-length, family-authorised biography of the Marchesa Luisa Casati.

Established in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is renowned for its publication of groundbreaking works in social and cultural thought, critical theory, race and ethnic studies, urbanism, feminist criticism, and media studies.

NOTE: Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati (The Ultimate Edition) is now available. This completely revised, updated and expanded version replaces all previous and now completely sold-out English-language editions, including the ‘The Definitive Edition’.


Alice Temperley's Top Ten Discoveries of the Moment Selection,
                  Haute Muse, (Autumn/Winter 2012), Qatar

Editors Are Into... Selection, Harper's Bazaar, (February 2009), Japan

Banner Books of the Year 2004 Selection, Pointe Magazine, U.S.A.

Best Books Winter 2004/2005 Selection, Elegant Lifestyle, London, New York, Berlin

ISBN: 0-8166-4520-5 • Trade Paperback • 235 Pages • $18.95 USD
32 Black & White Illustrations (photographs & artwork reproductions)


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