Olympia: Paris in the age of Manet

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HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 1992 - Art - 329 pages
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An evocation of the people and events that made Paris during the Second Empire extraordinary discusses the furor over Manet's Olympia, Empress Eugenie's disastrous influence on Napoleon, Manet's portraits of Berthe Morisot, and more. National ad/promo.

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User Review  - Dale - Goodreads

Delightful little book. Nice background to Art & Politics in Paris from 1865 to 1885. Read full review

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User Review  - Alice Harbin - Goodreads

I have never studied art, but have gone to several art museums and knew enough to appreciate this book, though I could not comprehend all of it. I learned some about history from the late 19th century ... Read full review


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Otto Friedrich, born in 1929 in Boston, majored in history at Harvard, where he received a degree magna cum laude in 1948. He went to Europe and worked for the "Stars & Stripes" in Germany and United Press in Paris and London. Returning to New York, he served as an editor at the "Daily News, Newsweek, " and the "Saturday Evening Post." He was managing editor at the Post from 1965 until the magazine's suspension in 1969. Friedrich's account of the Post's last years, "Decline and Fall, " appeared in 1970 and was hailed as a classic of American journalism.' It won the George Polk Award as that year's best book on the press. Among his other books are "Before the Deluge: A Portrait of Berlin in the 1920s " (1972); "Going Crazy: A Personal Inquiry" (1976); "The End of the World: A History" (1982); "City of Nets: A Portrait of Hollywood in the 1940s" (1986); "Glenn Gould. A Life and Variations" (1990); "Olympia. Paris in the Age of Manet" (1992); and "The Kingdom of Auschwitz" (1994). Friedrich also wrote two novels and, in collaboration with his wife, nine children's books.

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