This is a biography of writer, architect, aesthete and editor Geoffrey Scott (1884-1929). His "Architecture of Humanism" was considered the most important statement about architecture since Ruskin, and was used as a basic text in architectural schools for many years. The "Portrait of Zelide" won the James Tait Memorial Black Prize. Scott was also a prominent figure in social and intellectual circles in London, Florence and New York. A protege of Bernard and Mary Berenson, he spent many years living and working at the art historian's villa outside Florence. Married to the wealthy Lady Sybil Cutting during the war, Scott had a tempestuous affair with Vita Sackille West. Edith Wharton, John Maynard Keynes, and other Bloomsbury figures were among his friends. This biography focuses particularly on his letters, found in Berenson's villa outside Florence, and until now largely unpublished.