Spellbound by Marcel: Duchamp, Love, and Art


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$27.95  $25.99
Pegasus Books
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6.3 X 9.1 X 1.2 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Ruth Brandon is an acclaimed novelist and cultural historian. She is the author of Houdini (Random House); The Spiritualists (Knopf), and Ugly Beauty: Helena Rubinstein, L'Oréal, and the Blemished History of Looking Good (Harper). She lives in London.


Praise for Ruth Brandon:
"As entertaining as the contemporary works of fiction such lives inspired, Brandon displays a keen understanding of a complex educational system that kept its subjects ignorant even while purporting to enlighten."-- "The New Yorker"
"[Brandon] never loses her profound empathy and passion for her subjects' travails."-- "Kirkus Reviews"
"Brandon's chronicles are poignant. It is important to remember what a great, necessary and arduous achievement the education of women was."-- "The Wall Street Journal"
"A masterly survey. Even when donning her sociologist's hat, Brandon is still lively as well as humane. Fairly sizzling with fascination."-- "Washington Times"
"As a biographer, she provides brilliantly detailed backgrounds on her subjects, leaving the reader wanting still more. A very interesting look into the struggle to create parity between the sexes in this era. Recommended for both public and academic libraries."-- "Library Journal"
"A ripping account of celebrity and magic. Brandon has chosen a fascinating subject and written a book that rises to it superbly. A compelling account of a peculiar life."-- "The Sunday Times (London)"
"Brandon paints a fascinating picture of turn-of-the-century America."-- "The Times (London)"
"Cultural historian and novelist Brandon explores how and why a large group of sophisticated, talented people fell under the spell of the mysterious, enigmatic artist Marcel Duchamp. Drawing on revealing letters, diaries, and memoirs, Brandon's buoyant, meticulous story begins in 1913 with New York's Armory Show of new European art, including Duchamp's Nude Descending a Staircase. The plot thickens as Brandon pauses to discuss Duchamp's Fountain, a groundbreaking "readymade" piece in the form of an upside-down urinal with puzzling "R. Mutt 1917" lettering. An elaborate, spicy, period piece tell-all."-- "Kirkus Reviews"