Review: Ingrid Rowland on “The Merits of Women”

from Ingrid Rowland

 “You’re right,” said the Queen … “Ultimately, a man without a woman is like a fly without a head.” 

The creator of this marvelously suggestive simile, Modesta Pozzo, was a sixteenth-century Venetian child prodigy who grew up to publish, prolifically, as Moderata Fonte.  Her Queen is not a real monarch, but rather the thoroughly middle-class hostess of …

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