The devil and Dr. Barnes: portrait of an American art collector

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Penguin Books, Dec 1, 1988 - Architecture - 336 pages
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An unsparing biography of the eccentric and visionary man who left behind what experts regard as the finest privately owned art collection in America, Dr. Albert C. Barnes. 16 pages of photos.

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Astounding, captivating, and often amusing, this is a biography of doctor-inventor-connoisseur Albert Coombs Barnes, who used his self-made fortune to snub the American museum and gallery community ... Read full review


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Howard Greenfeld grew up in New York City, graduated from Columbia University, and has lived in Rome, Florence, and Camaiore, Italy, and in Paris, France. He has written twenty books for young adults, including biographies of Marc Chagall, Gertrude Stein, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Impressionist painters. He founded the Orion Press to publish English-language translations of European writers and has translated several literary works himself from both French and Italian. He wrote the definitive book on publishing for young readers, Books: From Writer to Reader, a text which has also been used in college courses.

He has written two critically acclaimed books about the Holocaust. The first, The Hidden Children, was described by The Horn Book in a starred review as "inspiring, and often troubling, reading ... A lovely, important book about heroism and survival." The second, After the Holocaust, uses excerpts from personal interviews and archival photographs to explore the experiences of young survivors in the wake of the Holocaust.

Howard Greenfeld now makes his home in New York City.