The Autumn 2017 Worldwide Publication of
the Completely Revised, Updated and Expanded
‘I want to be a living work of art.’
—The Marchesa Casati
The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati
The Ultimate 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.” That once unfortunate state of affairs was rectified when the University of Minnesota Press published a revised trade paperback version of the book in 2004. Now more than a dozen years and four printings later, Infinite Variety remains the last word on this extraordinary icon.
Prepare to be astonished again...
Infinite Variety is the only full-length, family-authorised biography of the Marchesa Luisa Casati. The completely revised, fully updated, and greatly expanded English-language 2017 edition contains the most up-to-date version of the Marchesa’s amazing adventures yet uncovered by authors Ryersson and Yaccarino. The hardcover book is further graced by the late Quentin Crisp's original foreword and a newly-penned, insightful afterword by fashion authority Francesca Granata, as well as a spectacular selection of meticulously restored color and black & white images from The Casati Archives. A tantalizing portion of these visual treasures has not appeared in any previously published version of the biography—or indeed have ever been reproduced anywhere else. Therefore, it is no wonder that the University of Minnesota Press’s release of Infinite Variety has been officially dubbed as ‘Ultimate Edition’. The autumn 2017 publication is intensely anticipated as well since the majority of the book's prior editions around the world have long been sold out, many now considered collector’s items.
Established in 1925, the University of Minnesota Press is recognized internationally for its innovative, boundary-breaking editorial program in the humanities and social sciences. It is under such estimable auspices that Infinite Variety is available once more in yet another metamorphosis—and one as dazzling as the inimitable muse who inspired it.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Launched in autumn 2017 and available only in this English-language, hardback format, Infinite Variety: The Life and Legend of the Marchesa Casati (The Ultimate Edition) is not a reprint of any previous release of the biography. This is a newly revised, updated and expanded publication replacing all previous versions in any language.
ISBN-13: 9781517903718 • Hardcover • 347 Pages • USD $29.95/CAN $40.76/U.K. £24.99
60 Color and Black & White Illustrations (photographs & artwork reproductions)