The Matisse Stories

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Chatto & Windus, 1993 - Art appreciation - 135 pages
Everyday events are transformed into extraordinary, in these three stories, each in their own way reflecting the spirit of Matisse.

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User Review  - janerawoof - LibraryThing

These were not stories about Matisse but about several of his paintings and how they evoke certain feelings, emotions and reactions from the characters in each story. I felt they were of uneven ... Read full review

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User Review  - bookczuk - LibraryThing

Three stories; a favorite author, a favorite artist. AS Byatt pulled me in for each one, but let me go too soon, which is why I am not a short story fan. Now I have to go and look at a book of Matisse's paintings to satisfy my longing. Read full review

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A.S. Byatt was born on August 24, 1936 in Sheffield, England. She received a B.A. from Newnham College, Cambridge in 1957, did graduate study at Bryn Mawr College from 1957-58, and attended Somerville College, Oxford from 1958-59. She was a staff member in the extra-mural department at the University of London from 1962-71. From 1968-69, she was also a part-time lecturer in the liberal studies department of the Central School of Art and Design, London. She was a lecturer at University College from 1972-80 and then senior lecturer from 1981-83. She became a full-time writer in 1983. Her works include The Biographer's Tale, The Virgin in the Garden, Babel Tower, A Whistling Woman, and The Children's Book. She also wrote numerous collections of short stories including Sugar and Other Stories, The Matisse Stories, The Djinn in the Nightingale's Eye, Elementals, and Little Black Book of Stories. Byatt received the English Speaking Union fellowship in 1957-58, the Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1983, the Silver Pen Award for Still Life, and the Booker Prize for Possession: A Romance in 1990.

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