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Brandon, Ruth

Works: 71 works in 244 publications in 5 languages and 10,670 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Fiction  Detective and mystery stories  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Translator
Classifications: GV1545.H8, B
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Ruth Brandon
Most widely held works by Ruth Brandon
The life and many deaths of Harry Houdini by Ruth Brandon( Book )
18 editions published between 1993 and 2003 in English and Danish and held by 1,465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Gives an account of the life and experiences of magician Harry Houdini
A capitalist romance : Singer and the sewing machine by Ruth Brandon( Book )
12 editions published between 1977 and 1996 in English and held by 1,195 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Surreal lives : the surrealists, 1917-1945 by Ruth Brandon( Book )
16 editions published between 1999 and 2005 in English and Czech and held by 1,060 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Details the history of Surrealism with highlights of the movements most influential minds: Andre Breton, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Salvador Dali, Man Ray, Max Ernst, and Luis Bunuel, Tristan Tzara, Jacques Vache, and Gala Eluard
Ugly beauty : Helena Rubinstein, L'Oreal, and the blemished history of looking good by Ruth Brandon( Book )
7 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and Undetermined and held by 891 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Helena Rubinstein and L'Oreal's Eugene Schueller both started out in the beauty business during the first years of the twentieth century, and, by the time World War II broke out, had come to dominate it. However, their motivations could not have been more different. Rubinstein, a Polish Jew, claimed the world of paid work for women, and working women's enthusiasm for her products made her the first self-made female millionaire. Schueller, a French conservative in the Henry Ford mold, thought women belonged in the home, and during the Nazi Occupation he used his company as a source of cash to buy economic and political influence. Schueller eventually won the long fight for supremacy: in 1988 his company swallowed Rubinstein's. But the victory cost him his reputation when, in the wake of the takeover, he was exposed as a Nazi collaborator. Deepening the scandal, his wartime activities were shown to have been abetted and condoned by a cadre of young men who, by the time the news broke, had scaled the peaks of wealth and power in postwar France. By then Schueller and Rubinstein were both long dead. But cultural historian and biographer Ruth Brandon argues that the battle they began continues to this day. She examines their conflict to ask important contemporary questions about beauty standards and the often murky intersection of individual political aims and the role of business. Filled with remarkable twists, turns, and larger-than-life characters, Ugly Beauty is a riveting true story about what lies beneath the flawless exterior of the cosmetics industry. --Book Jacket
The spiritualists : the passion for the occult in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries by Ruth Brandon( Book )
14 editions published between 1983 and 1984 in English and held by 822 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Traces the development of spiritualism and examines the claims of mediums to be able to contact the spirits of the dead
The new women and the old men : love, sex, and the woman question by Ruth Brandon( Book )
14 editions published between 1990 and 2000 in English and French and held by 718 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Examines the personal lives of Olive Schreiner, Havelock Ellis, Eleanor Marx, Edward Aveling, l Karl Pearson, Elisabeth Cobb, Beatrice Potter, Sidney Webb, H.G. Wells and Jane and Rebecca West as well as Margaret Sanger
Governess : the lives and times of the real Jane Eyres by Ruth Brandon( Book )
6 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 650 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
An illuminating glimpse into 19th-century living...Brandon engagingly depicts the flamboyant, self-made Soyer as a daring entrepreneur, brilliant inventor and compassionate philanthropist
Wrongful imprisonment; mistaken convictions and their consequences by Ruth Brandon( Book )
11 editions published in 1973 in 3 languages and held by 590 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Caravaggio's angel by Ruth Brandon( Book )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 542 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Dr Reggie Lee, newly arrived at the National Gallery, is putting together a small exhibition around three Caravaggios depicting 'St Cecilia and the Angel'. One is at the Getty, one at the Louvre, and she hopes it won't be too hard to track down the third. But a series of inexplicable obstacles keep getting in her way - and then, unexpectedly, a fourth Caravaggio turns up. One of them must be a fake. But which? When people start to die, it seems clear that someone doesn't want Reggie's show to go ahead. Why, she can't imagine. But her career is at stake, and she'd damned if she'll let herself be intimidated and bullied by these unseen forces. So Reggie investigates and her research takes her from Surrealist suicides to shady Italian art dealers, from seventeenth-century painting techniques to modern French politics in a viciously-fought Presidential election year. By the end it seems as though nobody in the opaque and ill-defined world of art can really stay incorruptible - perhaps not even Reggie herself
The dollar princesses : sagas of upward nobility, 1870-1914 by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published in 1980 in English and held by 505 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Left, right, and centre by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published between 1986 and 1991 in English and held by 388 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Being divine : a biography of Sarah Bernhardt by Ruth Brandon( Book )
11 editions published between 1991 and 1992 in English and Undetermined and held by 224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The burning question : the anti-nuclear movement since 1945 by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 209 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Other people's daughters : the life and times of the governess by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published between 2008 and 2009 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"If a nineteenth-century lady had neither a husband to support her nor money of her own, almost her only recourse was to live in someone else's household and educate their children - in particular, their daughters." "Marooned within the confines of other people's lives, neither servants nor family members, governesses occupied an uncomfortable social limbo. And being poor and insignificant, their papers were mostly lost, so that most of what we know about this strange and unsatisfactory life comes either from novels, like Jane Eyre or Vanity Fair, or from fleeting glimpses in other people's memoirs. But a few journals and letters have come down to us, giving us a vivid record of what it was to be a lone professional woman at a time when such a creature officially did not exist. Other People's Daughters looks at these lives, some famous, like the Brontes, or Anna Leonowens (whose memoirs inspired The King and I), some quite unknown, their papers surfacing by the merest chance." "Beginning with Mary Wollstonecraft's realization, in the heady days following the French revolution, that only equal education could ensure true equality for women, Other People's Daughters shows how the governess, who could be relied on to teach only the little she had herself been permitted to learn, was an essential part of that dream's collapse. It ends with the foundation of Girton College, Cambridge, the first women's university college: the beginning of the end for the governess, and the first step on the road to realizing Wollstonecraft's dream." "This is a rich and fascinating account of the lives of those whose suppressed fury, romantic daydreams and intellectual frustration provide a unique prism through which Ruth Brandon explores Victorian attitudes to women, family and class."--BOOK JACKET
The people's chef : the culinary revolutions of Alexis Soyer by Ruth Brandon( Book )
3 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 174 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Automobile : how the car changed life by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 150 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The uncertainty principle by Ruth Brandon( Book )
10 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The lost world of the great spas by Joseph Wechsberg( Book )
6 editions published between 1979 and 1980 in German and English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Takes an evocative look at the great spas of Europe and America, past and present, exploring their histories and telling the stories of the famous people
Out of body, out of mind by Ruth Brandon( Book )
4 editions published between 1987 and 1989 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tickling the dragon by Ruth Brandon( Book )
5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 93 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Audience level: 0.28 (from 0.16 for Caravaggio ... to 0.74 for The burnin ...)
English (161)
German (5)
French (1)
Danish (1)
Czech (1)