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Art and madness : a memoir of lust without reason

Author: Anne Richardson Roiphe
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, a division of Random House, Inc., 2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Anchor Books editionView all editions and formats
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Recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe's twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself to the magnetic but coercive male artists of the period. Coming of age in the 1950s, Roiphe grew up on Park Avenue and had an adolescence defined by privilege, petticoats, and social rules. Young women were expected to give up personal freedom for devotion  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Named Person: Anne Richardson Roiphe; Anne Richardson Roiphe
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Anne Richardson Roiphe
ISBN: 9780307473967 0307473961
OCLC Number: 745979651
Notes: Foreword by Katie Roiphe.
Description: 220 pages ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: Anne Roiphe.

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Recounts the lost years of Anne Roiphe's twenties, when the soon-to-be-critically-acclaimed author put her dreams of becoming a writer on hold to devote herself to the magnetic but coercive male artists of the period. Coming of age in the 1950s, Roiphe grew up on Park Avenue and had an adolescence defined by privilege, petticoats, and social rules. Young women were expected to give up personal freedom for devotion to home and children. Instead, Roiphe chose Beckett, Proust, Sartre, and Mann as her heroes. She married and worked to support a brilliant playwright, even after he pawned her family silver, china, and pearls. Her near-religious belief in the power of art induced her to overlook his infidelity and alcoholism, and to dutifully type his manuscripts in place of writing her own. But while she was playing the muse, reality beckoned, forcing her to confront the notion that any sacrifice was worth making for art.--From publisher description.

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