Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring

by TracyChevalier (Author)


To celebrate one million copies sold of this contemporary classic, this is a full colour, illustrated edition featuring nine Vermeer paintings integrated with the original text. When Griet becomes a maid in the household of Johannes Vermeer, she thinks she knows her role: housework, laundry and the care of his six children. But as she becomes part of his world and his work, their growing intimacy spreads tension and deception in the ordered household and, as the scandal seeps out, into the town beyond. Tracy Chevalier's extraordinary novel on the corruption of innocence and the price of genius is a contemporary classic, and has sold over two million copies worldwide.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Edition: Illustrated edition
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: 17 Oct 2005

ISBN 10: 0007218001
ISBN 13: 9780007218004

Media Reviews
'Chevalier's writing skill and her knowledge of seventeenth-century Delft are such that she creates a world reminiscent of a Vermeer interior: suspended in a particular moment, it transcends its time and place' New Yorker 'This is a wonderful novel, mysterious, steeped in atmosphere. It is deeply revealing about the process of painting!a truly magical experience.' Guardian 'This is a novel which deserves, and I am sure will win, a prize -- or two.' Times 'A portrait of radiance!Tracy Chevalier brings the real artist Vermeer and a fictional muse to life in a jewel of a novel.' Time 'It has a slow, magical current of its own that picks you up and carries you stealthily along!a beautiful story, lovingly told by a very talented writer.' Daily Mail 'Life in 17th century Delft is evoked with a sharp eye for historical detail and the descriptions of Vermeer at work are superbly drawn. A sensuous and vividly crafted work of fiction from a highly talented young novelist.' Mail on Sunday
Author Bio
Tracy Chevalier is the author of four highly acclaimed, bestselling novels. She lives in north London with her husband and their son.