Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
A Novel

84%

13 Critic Reviews

Vreeland has provided a mostly pleasant excursion into a previously unknown region of American art history.
-The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Synopsis

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It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women’s division, who conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which Tiffany will long be remembered. Never publicly acknowledged, Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces a strict policy: He does not employ married women. Ultimately, Clara must decide what makes her happiest—the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.

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About Susan Vreeland

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Susan Vreeland is the internationally renowned author of five books, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue.
 
Published January 11, 2011 by Random House. 450 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Clara and Mr. Tiffany
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Examiner

Excellent
on Jul 18 2011

The history Vreeland puts into her novel bring the time period to life...the vivid details of the clothing, culture and architecture of the time.

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Book Reporter

Good
on Mar 28 2011

Never famous in her lifetime, Clara Driscoll is finally getting the recognition she deserves.

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Christian Science Monitor

Good
on Jan 26 2011

Driscoll hovers between the Victorian era and New York's Gilded Age, which Vreeland beautifully recreates.

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Booklist Online

Excellent
on Nov 15 2010

There’s no excuse for any reader of high-quality literary fiction to let this novel pass by.

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The Seattle Times

Excellent
on Jan 29 2011

Vreeland's ability to make this complex historical novel as luminous as a Tiffany lamp is nothing less than remarkable.

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Review (Barnes & Noble)

Below average
on Jan 11 2011

Neither biography nor fantasy, Clara and Mr. Tiffany is too often a frustrating mix of both.

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Denver Post

Excellent
on Jan 19 2011

The book brims with fascinating information about Tiffany's glassmaking and about New York...Clara stands at the story's center as a woman ahead of her time...

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Lincoln Journal Star

Excellent
on Jan 28 2011

"Clara and Mr. Tiffany" is a pleasant and expansive view of a slower and, for some, beautiful time, with a vicious, impoverished underside, both of which are important to know and remember.

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NJ.com

Excellent
on Jan 09 2011

Vreeland’s description of the processes involved in producing stained glass pieces...are fascinating, making “Clara and Mr. Tiffany” not only an enjoyable read, but an illuminating one as well.

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Booked Solid

Above average
Reviewed by cosette.ratliff on Dec 03 2011

While this is certainly not a scholarly treatise on leaded glass lampshades, nor on the life of working women in the 1900′s, it is a wonderful treasure of a book that helps you take that first magical step into those worlds.

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The Pacific Northwest Inlander

Above average
on Jan 12 2011

Vreeland has provided a mostly pleasant excursion into a previously unknown region of American art history.

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Her Circle Magazine

Excellent
on Mar 31 2011

...the book wonderfully illustrates in the struggle of female vs. male workers during this time...

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Recordpub.com

Good
on Jan 15 2011

...I got lost in the book and forgot I was reading. Small details made me laugh, and some of the characters were endearing.

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