The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired

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To be a muse to a celebrated artist is surely one of the most flattering roles a person can have. But what is the life of a muse really like? In this spirited (and provocative) expose of nine women who fired the imaginations of some of the most inimitable artists and thinkers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Francine Prose draws on photographs, diaries, correspondence, memoirs, and original works of art that reveal the complexity of these artist-muse relationships and illustrate the muse in all her guises: as inspiration, angel, equal partner and, sometimes, monster. The nine muses are: Hester Thrale (Samuel Johnson), Alice Liddell (Lewis Carroll), Elizabeth Siddal (Dante Gabriel Rossetti). Lou-Andreas-Salome (Nietzsche, Rilke and Freud), Gala Dali (Salvador Dali), Lee Miller (Man Ray), Charis Weston (Edward Weston), Suzanne Farrell (George Balanchine) and Yoko Ono (John Lennon).

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FRANCINE PROSE is the author of more than fourteen novels, including Goldengrove, A Changed Man, Blue Angel (a finalist for the 2001 National Book Award), and, most recently, My New American Life, and the bestseller Reading Like A Writer. A distinguished critic and essayist, she has written for The New Yorker, Harper's, The Atlantic and The New York Times Magazine and has taught literature and writing for more than twenty years at major universities. She is the recipient of numerous grants and awards, among them the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edith Wharton Achievement Award for Literature, Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships, and is a past president of PEN American Center. She lives in New York City.

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