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Francine Prose

The Lives of the Muses

Francine Prose The Lives Of The Muses Nine Women & The Artists They Inspired
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All loved, and were loved by, their artists, and inspired them with an intensity of emotion akin to Eros.

In a brilliant, wry, and provocative book, National Book Award finalist 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.

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“A remarkable book...piquant, intelligent, provocative--and sometimes haunting.”

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“A supple work of cultural history.”

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“A wonderful combination of argument and literary portraiture.”

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“Entertaining … Prose’s indignation, intelligence, scorching wit and critical insight have full play.”

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“Exceptionally well researched … an elegant study.”

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“Francine Prose humanizes nine women who, in some cases, have been idealized beyond recognition. Hurrah for real women.”

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“Juicy reading …. a thoroughly researched, highly opinionated series of fascinating double biographies.”

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“Lively and compassionate”

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“Packed with fascinating details.”

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“Prose has done a great service in her just reconsideration of the rather strange, complicated role of the muse.”

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“Prose make a remarkable case for the exceptionality of these women in their own right.”

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“Prose taps into the power of nine in this inspired book.”

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“Refreshing … a wonderful work of revisionist biography.”

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“Richly drawn … Prose approaches the artist-muse relationship with respect and wonder.”

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“Rollicking … Almost too much fun to read.”

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“Sad, glamorous and entirely riveting.”

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“Smooth smart and altogether engaging.”

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“Stylish writing … a clear-eyed view .. cherry-picked examples.”

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“With elegance, eloquence and majesty, Prose has give us a glimpse of the tangled webs of art and Eros.”


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