Review: Ingrid Rowland on “The Merits of Wom…

“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 a garden party for six female friends, the fictional setting for a conversation newly republished, in a rollicking translation by

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