Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern

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Yale University Press
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5.4 X 8.2 X 0.6 inches | 0.6 pounds

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About the Author
New York Times best-selling author and National Book Award finalist Francine Prose has written more than twenty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Caravaggio and Reading Like a Writer.
"An extraordinary study of an extraordinary woman's life, by a truly gifted writer. While Detailing Guggenheim's incredible, unique contribution as a patron of the arts, Prose presents her as both glamourous and fragile."--Padma Lakshmi, The Week-- (08/20/2016)
"A whirlwind tour in a compact, peppy car through the tumultuous life of the most famous patron of modern art."--Prudence Peiffer, Artforum
"This excellent short biography appears in Yale's 'Jewish Lives' series, and Prose is a subtle and attentive chronicler. . . "--Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
"By describing fairly the limits of her wealth, and the nous with which she spent it, Prose does justice to this great modern Maecenas."--Iona McLaren, Daily Telegraph
"Vibrant."--New Yorker
"This succinct biography of one of the last century's greatest collectors is an elegantly written account of the difficult and controversial life of Peggy Guggenheim."--Marina Vaizey, Art Newspaper
"Lively, complex, and inclined to shock, Guggenheim (1898-1979), the modern art collector, emerges as the embodiment of the age in Prose's judicious biography."--Publishers Weekly
"Prose skillfully blends the events of Guggenheim's experience with details about the 20th-century art scene, all in a vivid setting of time and place. Her depictions of key artists, family members, husbands, and others are distinctive in their complexity of character and contribute to a deeper understanding of the personal and professional facets of this enigmatic woman. . . . This finely researched and well-written work honestly examines the often disturbing world of an acclaimed figure."--Library Journal
"Prose . . . is determined not to miss either the strangeness or the marvelousness of her subject. Guggenheim, that 'intelligent, determined woman, ' will no longer be quite so easily dismissed after Prose's incisive book. Unlucky in so much else, Peggy Guggenheim is certainly fortunate in her generous and bighearted biographer."--Christopher Benfey, New York Review of Books
"An adroit and lively portrait."--Kirkus Reviews
"This is a smart and entertaining book about the life of a woman who is difficult to get a handle on . . . Prose is subtle about the ins and outs of Guggenheim's behavior As a novelist herself, she does not pass judgment but attempts to let us see the selfish, hurtful ( her daughter a suicide) but also generous manner in which Guggenheim literally swung her way through life."--Svetlana Alpers, Key Reporter
"With fresh insights and illuminating details, Prose vividly tells the poignant and remarkable story of this complex, combative, and passionate art champion and innovator, who weathered misogyny, anti-Semitism, betrayal, and her own demons to help build an audience for modern art."--Donna Seaman, Booklist
"Prose has in an accessible and interesting fashion drawn our attention to Peggy Guggenheim's independence, brilliance, and willing[ness] to put herself out there for the cause in a world dominated by both anti-Semitism . . . and male chauvinism."--Robert F. Barsky, AmeriQuests
In 2014 the Jewish Book Council awarded the Jewish Book of the Year honor to the Jewish Lives series--the first time in its history that a series was so honored--in recognition of its achievements thus far and its forthcoming contributions for years to come.