Biography & Autobiography - Artists, Architects, Photographers

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Crazy Aunt Purl's Drunk, Divorced, an...

Laurie Perry

If you've ever been dumped, duped, or three minutes from crazy, you'll love Crazy Aunt Purl. Side-splittingly funny and profoundly moving, Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair is the true-life misadventures of Laurie Perry, aka Cr...

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Published: Oct 2007

The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh

This thorough collection of van Gogh's letters has been assembled with an artful eye and sensitivity to the artist's thinking. The result is an atypical take on Vincent van Gogh that avoids putting too much stress on his troubled ment...

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Published: Mar 1998

Captain Beefheart: The Biography

Mike Barnes

Here is the real story of the cult figure known as one of modern music's true innovators.  Following Don Van Vliet's death, Mike Barnes reassesses his legacy through new interview material and with reference to reports and eulogies t...

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Published: Nov 2011

The Master of Us All: Balenciaga, His...

Mary Blume

A sparkling life of the monumental fashion designer Cristóbal Balenciaga One of the most innovative and admired figures in the history of haute couture, Cristóbal Balenciaga was, said Christian Dior, "the master of us all.&quo...

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Published: Feb 2014

Coco Chanel: An Intimate Life

Lisa Chaney

The controversial story of Chanel, the twentieth century's foremost fashion icon Revolutionizing women's dress, Gabrielle "Coco' Chanel was the twentieth century's most influential designer. Her extraordinary and unconventional j...

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Published: Nov 2012

Francisco Goya: Life and Times

Evan S. Connell

From the critically acclaimed and bestselling author of Son of the Morning Star and Deus Lo Volt! , a biography that breaks the mold--recounting with stunning immediacy the dark genius behind the renowned Spanish painter. Goya's prot...

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Published: Mar 2005

The White Road: Journey into an Obses...

Edmund de Waal

An extraordinary blend of narrative history and memoir, by the author of the award-winning and bestselling international sensation, The Hare with Amber EyesIn The White Road, artist Edmund de Waal gives us an intimate portrait of his ...

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Published: Nov 2016

Frank Lloyd Wright (Lives)

ADA Louise Huxtable

From the way we build to the way we live, Frank Lloyd Wright's influence on American architecture is visible all around us. Now, Ada Louise Huxtable, the Pulitzer Prize- winning architecture writer for The Wall Street Journal-and chie...

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Published: Apr 2008

Her: A Memoir

Christa Parravani

Raised up from poverty by a determined single mother, gifted and beautiful twin sisters Christa and Cara Parravani were able to create a private haven of splendor and amusement that they shared between themselves. They earned their wa...

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Published: Feb 2014

Lee Miller: A Life

Carolyn Burke

Lee Miller's life embodied all the contradictions and complications of the twentieth century: a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess, she was also America's first female war correspondent...

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Published: Apr 2007

Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Mo...

Christopher Zara

Great art comes from great pain.Or that's the impression left by the haunting profiles in Tortured Artists, which examines the maladies that drive creative types to the brink of despair and the inspired works that are born from their ...

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Published: Mar 2012

Madame Tussaud: A Life in Wax

Kate Berridge

Millions have visited the museums that bear her name, yet few know much about Madame Tussaud. A celebrated artist, she had both a ringside seat at and a cameo role in the French Revolution. A victim and survivor of one of the most tu...

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Published: Aug 2007

Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: T...

Timothy Egan

"A vivid exploration of one man's lifelong obsession with an idea . . . Egan's spirited biography might just bring [Curtis] the recognition that eluded him in life." — Washington Post Edward Curtis was charismatic, han...

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Published: Aug 2013

Role Models

John Waters

Here, from the incomparable John Waters, is a paean to the power of subversive inspiration that will delight, amuse, enrich—and happily horrify—readers everywhere. Role Models is, in fact, a self-portrait told through intimate pr...

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Published: Apr 2011

The Yellow House: Van Gogh, Gauguin, ...

Martin Gayford

From October to December of 1888, Paul Gauguin shared a yellow house in the south of France with Vincent van Gogh. They were the odd couple of the art worldone calm, the other volatileand the denouement of their living arrangement was...

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Published: May 2008

Levels of Life (Vintage International...

Julian Barnes

An NPR Best Book of the YearA Daily Candy Best Book of the YearJulian Barnes, author of the Man Booker Prize–winning novel The Sense of an Ending, gives us his most powerfully moving book yet, beginning in the nineteenth century and...

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Published: Jul 2014

Among the Bohemians: Experiments in L...

Virginia Nicholson

They ate garlic and didn't always bathe; they listened to Wagner and worshiped Diaghilev; they sent their children to coeducational schools, explored homosexuality and free love, vegetarianism and Post-impressionism. They were often d...

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Published: Mar 2005

In Love with Art: Francoise Mouly's A...

Jeet Heer

"Jeet Heer more thoroughly and widely understands comics history and the perplexing binomial life of the cartoonist better than anyone who's not one. As well-versed in literature as he is in comics, he always gets at the peculiar...

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Published: Sep 2013

A Field Guide to Getting Lost

Rebecca Solnit

A series of autobiographical essays draws on key moments and relationships in the author's life to explore such issues as trust, loss, and desire, in a volume that focuses on a central theme of losing oneself in the pleasures of exper...

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Published: Jul 2006

Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and W...

Deborah Copaken Kogan

Fresh out of college and passionate about photography, Deborah Copaken Kogan moved to Paris in 1988 and began knocking on photo agency doors, begging to be given a photojournalism assignment. Within weeks she was on the back of a truc...

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Published: Jan 2002

Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

Ansel Adams

This popularly priced edition of Adams' acclaimed 1985 autobiography preserves all the text but reproduces fewer photographs than the original. With characteristic warmth, vigor, and wit, America's most beloved photographer-environmen...

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Published: Feb 1996

Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay...

Christopher Benfey

"Beautiful, haunted, evocative and so open to where memory takes you. I kept thinking that this is the book that I have waited for: where objects, and poetry intertwine. Just wonderful and completely sui generis."  (Edmund ...

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Published: Feb 2013

Growing Pains: The Autobiography of E...

Emily Carr

Growing Pains tells the story of writer and painter Emily Carr's life, from a proper Canadian girlhood, through her artist's training in San Francisco and Europe, through the years of despair when she stopped painting and raised dogs ...

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Published: Mar 2005

Down Below

Leonora Carrington

A stunning work of memoir and an unforgettable depiction of the brilliance and madness by one of Surrealism's most compelling figuresLeonora Carrington is perhaps the most enchanting of the women Surrealists. The daughter of Anglo Ir...

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Published: Apr 2017

My Life (Oxford World's Classics)

Benvenuto Cellini

Men like Benvenuto, unique in their profession, need not be subject to the law.' --Pope Paul III on learning that Cellini had murdered a fellow artist Benvenuto Cellini was beloved in Renaissance Florence. A renowned sculptor and go...

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Published: Apr 2009

The Autobiography of Benvenuto Cellin...

Benvenuto Cellini

1910. Harvard Classics, Volume 31. Edited by Charles W. Eliot. An excellent translation of the honest, if self-aggrandized life of the epitomal sixteenth-century Renaissance man. It ranks among the greatest autobiographies ever writte...

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Published: Nov 1999

Widow Basquiat

Jennifer Clement

The beautifully written, deeply affecting story of Jean-Michel Basquiat's partner, her past, and their life together New York City in the 1980s was a mesmerizing, wild place. A hotbed for hip hop, underground culture, and unmatched cr...

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Published: Nov 2014

Mark Rothko: Toward the Light in the ...

Annie Cohen-Solal

Mark Rothko, one of the greatest painters of the twentieth century, was born in the Jewish Pale of Settlement in 1903. He immigrated to the United States at age ten, taking with him his Talmudic education and his memories of pogroms a...

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Published: Mar 2016

You Must Change Your Life: The Story ...

Rachel Corbett

Winner of the 2016 Marfield Prize In 1902, Rainer Maria Rilke―then a struggling poet in Germany―went to Paris to research and write a short book about the sculptor Auguste Rodin. The two were almost polar opposites: Rilke in his t...

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Published: Oct 2017

Yes You Can Make Money as an Arti$t

Mr Warren Cullar

Warren Cullar couldn't spell, write or type and struggled through school. He was declared incapable of achieving success by those who “knew”. Discover the two gifts his father gave him that changed his life. One of the gifts broug...

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Published: Feb 2018
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