Search Results: "Meryle Secrest"


BOOK REVIEW

ELSA SCHIAPARELLI by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Secrest ably chronicles Schiap's career and social life, mining others' memoirs and reflections to fashion a colorful portrait of her 'famously difficult' subject—but Schiap keeps the secrets of her heart."
The life of a flamboyant couturière. Read full book review >

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STEPHEN SONDHEIM by Meryle Secrest
NON-FICTION
Released: June 14, 1998

"Some genuine insights into one of our living masters, but a disappointingly disorganized work with a surfeit of dollar-book Freud and Jung. (95 photos, not seen) (Literary Guild selection; author tour)"
Veteran biographer Secrest moves, logically, from Leonard Bernstein (1994) to one of his collaborators and friends—and one of the undoubted giants of the American theater—Stephen Sondheim. Read full book review >

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SOMEWHERE FOR ME by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 13, 2001

From veteran biographer Secrest (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1992, etc.), a serviceable portrait of the composer who was half of two of the American musical's greatest teams. Read full book review >

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MODIGLIANI by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 4, 2011

"Sorting through the detritus of the artist's short life, the author ultimately connects those events in great detail, but sometimes a bit too meticulously. The myths were more fun."
Prolific biographer Secrest (Shoot the Widow: Adventures of a Biographer in Search of Her Subject, 2007, etc.) introduces us to Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920), and he's not nearly as exciting as the myths that surround the "accursed" artist. Read full book review >

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DUVEEN by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Casts new and unexpectedly sympathetic light on arguably the dominant figure in the early-20th-century art world. (86 photos and illustrations)"
After a decade-long sojourn among musicians (Stephen Sondheim, 1998, etc.), Secrest returns to her previous specialty (Being Bernard Berenson, 1979, etc.) with a portrait of the world's greatest art dealer. Read full book review >

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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 9, 1992

"Definitive. (Photographs—121—some seen.)"
Engrossing story of the Balzac-scaled life of the great architect. Read full book review >

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LEONARD BERNSTEIN by Meryle Secrest
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Nov. 10, 1994

"Another book for the growing shelf from which some Maynard Solomon or musical Walter Jackson Bate will have to winnow when the time comes to write a critical biography rather than the Bernstein story. (100 b&w photos) (First printing of 35,000)"
Another big Lenny B. bio, jam-packed with accomplishment and angst. Read full book review >