Perils of Adele
Ronald S. Lauder buys a Klimt.
Christopher Benfey is Mellon professor of English at Mount Holyoke. His latest book, A Summer of Hummingbirds, about writers and artists in Gilded Age America, has just been published by the Penguin Press.
Photograph of Gustav Klimt's Adele Bloch-Bauer I courtesy the Neue Gallery, New York; photograph of Gustav Klimt, The Kiss © The Yorck Project and licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License, courtesy www.wikipedia.com; photograph of the Neue Gallery courtesy the Neue Gallery, New York.