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Secrest, Meryle

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Works: 46 works in 208 publications in 5 languages and 12,665 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Interviews 
Classifications: NA737.W7, B
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Frank Lloyd Wright by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
21 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
the unique in human experience. We see Wright creating his famous and seminal houses, among them the Winslow house he designed at age twenty-seven...his long-dreamed-of Taliesin (when it burned to the ground, set blaze by an insane servant, Wright rebuilt it on the same spot)...the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (the only building left standing after the 1923 earthquake)...the famous Fallingwater...the mammoth and idiosyncratic Guggenheim Museum in New York... Meryle Secrest is
Stephen Sondheim : a life by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
19 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in English and held by 1,633 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A biography of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, discussing his early music education, his struggles to become recognized in the theatre, his Broadway successes, and his relationships with some of the world's best known composers, actors, and directors
Somewhere for me : a biography of Richard Rodgers by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
8 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Details the life of legendary composer, Richard Rodgers
Leonard Bernstein : a life by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and held by 1,335 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Here is Leonard Bernstein, full scale and fully alive - the child prodigy, the man, the composer, the teacher, the hugely charismatic personality, the lover, the American folk hero." "Everything is here: the child growing up in a Hasidic family in Massachusetts, his father a rabbi's son; his first piano at age nine ("I remember touching it ... It was my contact with life, with God"); his reluctant, brilliant, argumentative years at Harvard; the rocky but exhilarating start of his career (scant jobs, no money, but friendships with Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Judy Holliday, Comden and Green, et al.); his spectacular debut (understudy into a star!) as substitute conductor at the New York Philharmonic; the great career over the years as a composer in classical music, and in musical theater." "We see Bernstein: the good father to his three children, the man who adored his wife, Felicia Montealegre, the man who adored men, the brilliant and generous mentor, the temperamental artist, the hypochondriac, the politician, the businessman, the Pied Piper..." "His life, his music, the great international cultural world in which he traveled, are richly and vividly portrayed in this magnificent biography, alive with music - and with life."--BOOK JACKET
Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
17 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 1,065 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leven en werk van de Britse kunsthistoricus Kenneth Clark (1903-1983)
Being Bernard Berenson : a biography by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
17 editions published between 1979 and 1982 in English and Undetermined and held by 976 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Modigliani : a life by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
10 editions published between 2011 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 933 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Amedeo Modigliani was considered to be the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh's. In his time, his work was seen as an oddity, a link between such portraitists as Whistler and Sargent and the modernist approaches of Gauguin and Picasso. In this major new biography, Meryle Secrest gives us a fully realized portrait of one of the twentieth century's master painters and sculptors: his upbringing, a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished but genteel Italian family; his going to Paris to make his fortune; his striking good looks; his training as an artist--and his influences: the Italian Renaissance, particularly Botticelli; Nietzsche's theories of the artist as Übermensch; the Romanian sculptor Brancusi; and the primitive sculptures of Africa and Oceania with their simplified, masklike faces. We see how his secret illness--tuberculosis--affected his work and his fatalistic attitude toward life, and how he used alcohol and opium to hide the symptoms and thus came to be seen as a dissolute alcoholic. And throughout, we see the Paris that Modigliani lived in, a city in dynamic flux where art was still a noble cause in a transforming revolution.--From publisher description
Salvador Dalí by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
9 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in 3 languages and held by 802 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Duveen : a life in art by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 728 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The story begins with Duveen pere, a Dutch Jew immigrating to Britain in 1866, establishing a business in London, going from humble beginnings in an antiques shop to a knighthood celebrating him as one of the country's leading art dealers. Duveen pere could discern an Old Master beneath layers of discolored varnish. He perfected the chase, the subterfuges, the strategies, the double dealings. He had an uncanny ability to spot a hidden treasure. It was called "the Duveen eye." His son, Joseph, grew up with it and learned it all - and more." "Secrest tells us how the young Duveen was motivated from the beginning by the thrill of discovery; how he ascended, at twenty-nine, to (de facto) head of the business; how he moved away from the firm's emphasis on tapestries and Chinese porcelains toward the more speculative, more lucrative, more exciting business of dealing in Old Masters. We see a demand for these paintings growing in America, fueled by the new "squillionaires" just at the moment when British aristocrats with great art collections were losing their fortunes ... how Duveen's whole career was based on the simple observation: Europe has the art; America, the money." "Secrest shows how he sold hundreds of masterpieces by Bellini, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Watteau, Velazquez, Vermeer, and Titian, among others, by convincing such self-made Americans as Morgan, Frick, Huntington, Widener, Bache, Mellon, and Kress that ownership of great art would ennoble them, and while waving such huge sums at the already noble British owners that the art changed hands and all were happy." "Duveen was as generous as he was acquisitive, giving away hundreds of thousands of pounds to British institutions (the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum - including rooms to house the Elgin Marbles), organizing exhibitions for young artists, writing books about British art, and playing a major role in the design of the National Gallery in Washington."--Jacket
Between me and life : a biography of Romaine Brooks by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
8 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 725 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Salvador Dalı́ : the surrealist jester by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
8 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Frank Lloyd Wright ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy. Part 1 reviews his early personal life and the beginning of his career. Also presents Wright's early architectural creations in the terraced "prairie houses" built in suburban Chicago in the early 1900s, the Larkin Building in New York, the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., Taliesin East in Wisconsin and the Imperial Hotel in Japan
Frank Lloyd Wright ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 35 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy. Part 2 continues to review his turbulent personal life and the advance of his career. Examines Wright's architectural creations of Fallingwater in Pennsylvania, Taliesin West in Arizona and the controversial design of the Guggenheim Museum
Somewhere for me : a biography of Richard Rogers by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The life of composer Richard Rodgers encapsulates the very essence of New York and London high society during the first half of the 20th century. Meryle Secrest's portrait reveals a complex man who was personable, sunny and seductive
Jian zhu da shi lai te chuan by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
5 editions published between 1997 and 2001 in Chinese and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ben shu ji shu mei guo jian zhu da shi lai te de jian zhu sheng ya
Salvador Dalí : L'extravagant surréaliste by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
3 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Salvador Dalí : sein exzentrisches Leben - sein geniales Werk - seine phantastische Welt by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
3 editions published in 1987 in German and Undetermined and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Leonard Bernstein a life by Meryle Secrest ( Recording )
2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Biography of Leonard Bernstein, the monumental musical prodigy, who captured America's heart with "West Side Story", excited criticism and praise for his flamboyant conducting style, and shocked everyone with his unconventional ways
Bernard Berenson by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in French and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Salvador Dalí : una vida de escenografía y alucinación by Meryle Secrest ( Book )
4 editions published in 1987 in Spanish and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Beveridge, Meryle Secrest.
Languages
English (156)
French (6)
Chinese (5)
Spanish (4)
German (3)
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