The Artist's Wife

The Artist's Wife

A Novel

Book - 2001
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An elegant reimagining of the life of Alma Mahler, the lovely, aristocratic fin-de-siècle composer who abandoned her own art to become the inspiration and collector of geniuses.

At the turn of the century, "the most beautiful girl in Vienna" stood at the threshold of a promising musical career. But instead, she turned her considerable talents to becoming a freelance muse. Passionate, fickle, brilliant, and alcoholic, she conquered a series of difficult geniuses, including the composer Gustav Mahler (whom she sent to Freud for marriage counseling); the architect Walter Gropius, who went on to found the Bauhaus movement; the writer Franz Werfel, author of The Song of Bernadette; and the revolutionary painters Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

Deftly bling period detail and modern sensibility, Max Phillips presents the bold, unapologetic Alma, who narrates her own provocative story, bringing to life the luminaries of her era as she tells of her triumphs in the fading elegance of Central Europe's beau monde, her flight from Hitler's Anschluss, and her exile in golden-age Hollywood. A glittering, darkly sensual novel, The Artist's Wife turns the lens of history upon the nature of inspiration, ambition, and love.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805066708
Branch Call Number: F
Characteristics: 254 pages ;,22 cm


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Mar 20, 2010

This is a novel loosely based on the life of Alma Mahler - the wife of Gustav Mahler. She was a muse and a source of great confusion and pain for Mahler, as well as many of the most creative and artistic men of the early 20th Century in Vienna and Italy.

If you are a fan of Mahler, it is probably worth the time to read this somewhat fictional portrayal of Alma Mahler's life.

This is NOT recommended for juvenile readers due to the sexual situations described in this book.


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