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Author: Joan Ross Acocella
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, ©2007.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : 1st Vintage books edView all editions and formats
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Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene). Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist, who wrote the classic memoir, Survival in Auschwitz; M.F.K. Fisher who, numb with grief over her husband's  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Joan Ross Acocella
ISBN: 9780307389275 0307389278 1299018270 9781299018273
OCLC Number: 686747920
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 540 pages) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: A fire in the brain : Lucia Joyce --
Blocked : Ralph Ellison --
True confessions : Italo Svevo --
Quicksand : Stefan Zweig --
The frog and the crocodile : Simone de Beauvoir --
Becoming the emperor : Marguerite Yourcenar --
A hard case : Primo Levi --
European dreams : Joseph Roth --
The Neapolitan finger : Andrea de Jorio --
The saintly sinner : Mary Magdalene --
After the ball was over : Vaslav Nijinsky --
Heroes and hero worship : Lincoln Kirstein --
"Sweet as a fig" : Frederick Ashton --
American dancer : Jerome Robbins --
Second act : Suzanne Farrell --
The soloist : Mikhail Baryshnikov --
The flame : Martha Graham --
Dancing and the dark : Bob Fosse --
The bottom line : Twyla Tharp --
On the contrary : H.L. Mencken --
After the laughs : Dorothy Parker --
Feasting on life : M.F.K. Fisher --
Finding Augie March : Saul Bellow --
Piecework : Sybille Bedford --
The spider's web : Louise Bourgeois --
Assassination on a small scale : Penelope Fitzgerald --
The hunger artist : Susan Sontag --
Counterlives : Philip Roth --
Perfectly frank : Frank O'Hara --
Devil's work : Hilary Mantel --
Burned again : Joan of Arc.
Other Titles: 28 artists and 2 saints
Responsibility: Joan Acocella.

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Here is a dazzling collection from Joan Acocella, one of our most admired cultural critics: thirty-one essays that consider the life and work of some of the most influential artists of our time (and two saints: Joan of Arc and Mary Magdalene). Acocella writes about Primo Levi, Holocaust survivor and chemist, who wrote the classic memoir, Survival in Auschwitz; M.F.K. Fisher who, numb with grief over her husband's suicide, dictated the witty and classic How to Cook a Wolf; and many other subjects, including Dorothy Parker, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and Saul Bellow. Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints is indispensable reading on the making of art'and the courage, perseverance, and, sometimes, dumb luck that it requires. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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