The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired

The Lives of the Muses: Nine Women and the Artists They Inspired

by Francine Prose (Author)


In her fascinating and provocative new book, National Book Award finalist Francine Prose explores the complex relationship between artist and muse. The Lives of the Muses is a collection of exquisitely written biographical essays on nine remarkable women and the artists they inspired. Among the nine muses there are many variations on the theme: from the young Alice Liddell, who inspired Oxford don Charles Dodgson to write Alice in Wonderland, to celebrities in their own right such as Gala Dali and Yoko Ono, who defy the stereotype of the muse as a passive beauty put on a pedestal and oppressed by a male artist. The muses are: Hester Thrale (Samuel Johnson); Alice Liddell (Lewis Carroll); Elizabeth Siddal (Dante Gabriel Rossetti); Lou Andreas-Salome (Nietzsche, Rilke and Freud); Gala Dali (Salvador Dali); Lee Miller (Man Ray); Charis Weston (Edward Weston); Suzanne Farrell (George Balanchine); and Yoko Ono (John Lennon).


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Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
Published: 23 Sep 2004

ISBN 10: 1845130294
ISBN 13: 9781845130299

Media Reviews
'A joy to read' - Daily Telegraph; 'Racy, pithy... a delight' - Independent; 'Polished and pleasurable' - Guardian
Author Bio
Francine Prose is the author of a dozen highly acclaimed works of fiction, including Bigfoot Dreams, Household Saints and Blue Angel, the National Book Award finalist. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, GQ and Harper's Magazine. She lives in New York City.