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Author Prose, Francine, 1947-

Title The lives of the Muses : nine women & the artists they inspired / Francine Prose
Edition First edition
Published New York : HarperCollins Publishers, [2002]


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Description xii, 416 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Hester Thrale -- Alice Liddell -- Elizabeth Siddal -- Lou Andreas Salomé -- Gala Dalí -- Lee Miller -- Charis Weston -- Suzanne Farrell -- Yoko Ono
Summary "In this new book, Francine Prose explores the complex relationship between the artist and his muse. In so doing, she illuminates with great sensitivity and intelligence the elusive emotional wellsprings of the creative process." "There is no ideal muse, but rather as many variations on the theme as there are individual women who have had the luck, or misfortune, to find their destiny conjoined with that of a particular artist. What are we to make of the relationship between the child Alice Liddell, who inspired Alice in Wonderland, and the Oxford don who became Lewis Carroll? Or the so-called serial muse, Lou Andreas-Salome, who captivated Nietzsche, Rilke, and Freud - as impressive a list as any muse can boast? Salvador Dali was the only artist to sign his art with his muse's name, and Gala Dali certainly knew how to market her artist and his work while simultaneously burnishing her own image and celebrity."
"Lou, Gala, and Yoko Ono all defy the feminist stereotype of the muse as a passive beauty put on a pedestal and oppressed by a male artist. However, it's rare to find an artist and muse who are genuine partners, true collaborators, such as ballerina Suzanne Farrell and choreographer George Balanchine."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes Index
Bibliography Bibliography: pages [375]-404
Subject Creation (Literary, artistic, etc.)
Man-woman relationships.
Artistic collaboration.
LC no. 2002024682
ISBN 0060196726 hardback
0060555254 paperback