Norman Rockwell: A Life

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Random House, 2001 - Biography & Autobiography - 546 pages
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Norman Rockwell's tremendously successful, prolific career as a painter and illustrator has rendered him a twentieth-century American icon. However, the very popularity and accessibility of his idealized, nostalgic depictions of middleclass life have caused him to be considered not a serious artist but a "mere illustrator"-a disparagement only reinforced by the hundreds of memorable covers he drew for The Sunday Evening Post.
Symptomatic of critics' neglect is the fact that Rockwell has never before been the subject of a serious critical biography. Based on private family archives and interviews and publishes to coincide with a major two-year travelling retrospective of his work, this book reveals for the first time the driven workaholic who had three complicated marriages and was a distant father --so different from the loving, all-American-dad image widely held to this day. Critically acclaimed author Laura Claridge also breaks new ground with her reappraisal of Rockwell's art, arguing that despite his popular sentimental style, his artistry was masterful, complex, and far more manipulative than people realize.

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User Review  - Francine - Goodreads

Wonderful! I've been a Rockwell fan since I first crawled over to a Saturday Evening Post and stared at one of his covers which have been etched in my mind forever. Norman Rockwell is Mr. Americana ... Read full review

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User Review  - Sharon Eastvold - Goodreads

This one was a little hard to get into. Too much detail at first, with too much family history and side information. However, once I got into it, I really enjoyed knowing the background while learning ... Read full review

Contents

Narrative Connections the Heart of an Illustrator
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Family Ties That Bind
13
City Boy Born and Bred
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Copyright

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Laura Claridge is the author of the biography of painter Tamara DeLempicka as well as books on British Romanticism, Modernism, gender, and psychoanalytic theory. A popular international lecturer, she was professor of English literature at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, for eleven years. She lives in New York City.

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