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Peggy : The Wayward Guggenheim

Weld, Jacqueline B.

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ISBN 10: 0525484310 / ISBN 13: 9780525484318
Published by Dutton/Plume, New York, NY, U.S.A., 1988
Used Condition: NF Soft cover
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#873 - "Peggy: the Wayward Guggenheim" by Jacqueline B. Weld. Ovesized P/B 1988. To quote the review by the San Diego Union on the cover: "Fascinating accounts .wild love affairs, and the fierce fighting between her friends and lovers make modern romantic novels and TV soaps look positively bland in comparison." Born into one of America's richest, most eccentric families, little Peggy set out to live up to the family's reputation. At the age of 22 she departed for Europe to do her bit for notoriety and succeeded admirably - for the rest of her life. Bookseller Inventory # 000873

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Title: Peggy : The Wayward Guggenheim

Publisher: Dutton/Plume, New York, NY, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1988

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Photos

Book Condition:NF

Dust Jacket Condition: Paperback

Signed: No

Edition: 1st - 2n - P/B

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Re-creates the colorful and eccentric life of Peggy Guggenheim, a wealthy and promiscuous woman whose patronage of many of the twentieth century's most influential artists and writers was accompanied by a scandalous love life

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After years of playing dutiful wife or confidante to a string of men, Peggy Guggenheim found herself alone and bored with domestic life. She turned to collecting modern art, partly because it was a sure attention-getter, partly to vex her bourgeois mother and partly out of genuine interest. Besides introducing the European avant-garde to America, she helped discover American artists like Pollock, Rothko and Motherwell. This study, written with Guggenheim's cooperation until her death in 1979, is the first biogrpahy of a remarkable woman. Weld evenhandedly catalogues Guggenheim's lovers, husbands, scandals. She shows the flaws of a woman disliked by some for her abrasive tongue and bitchiness, but whose energy, conviction and farsightedness helped transform modern art. Weld tells many intriguing stories: how Guggenheim walked out on her first husband, leaving behind a note ("Life too hellish"); how she helped underwrite Emma Goldman's autobiography; her husband-to-be Max Ernst's close brush with the Nazis. This candid, engrossing biography is also a dynamic cultural history, for Guggenheim's life intersected with many creative personalitiesBeckett, Joyce, Arp, Cocteau, Duchamp, Ray, Breton, Picabia, Cage. Photos. February 17
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