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Belle da Costa Greene

Born during Jim Crow, Belle da Costa Greene perfected the art of "passing" while working for one of the most powerful men in America.

Born Belle

She was the great financier’s librarian—and a good deal more

In 1683 the poet laureate John Dryden brought the word biography into the English language. He defined it as “the history of particular men’s lives.” That means a lot more than just the details of a person’s life, of course.

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