Some of My Lives by Rosamond Bernier
A Scrapbook Memoir

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Rosamond Bernier has lived an unusually full life--remarkable for its vividness and diversity of experience--and she has known many (one is tempted to say all) of the greatest artists and composers of the twentieth century.


In Some of My Lives, Bernier has made a kind of literary scrapbook from an extraordinary array of writings, ranging from diary entries to her many contributions to the art journal L'OEIL, which she cofounded in 1955. The result is a multifaceted self-portrait of a life informed and surrounded by the arts.


Through the stories of her encounters with some of the twentieth century's great artists and composers--including Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl Lagerfeld--we come to understand the sheer richness of Bernier's experiences, interactions, and memories. The result is pithy, hilarious, and wise--a richly rewarding chronicle of many lives fully lived.

 

About Rosamond Bernier

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Rosamond Bernier was born in Philadelphia and was educated in France, England, and America. In 1955, she cofounded the influential art magazine L'OEIL, which featured the works of the masters of the School of Paris. A renowned lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rosamond Bernier was named for life to the International Best-Dressed List.
 
Published October 11, 2011 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 321 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction

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She admitted to Edna Chase that she knew nothing about fashion, to which the redoubtable editor replied: “My child, I know a fashion editor when I see one.” Tracking stories in Paris meant helping Horst photograph Gertrude Stein and her poodle;

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A fixture in the worlds of art and fashion reflects on a splendid career.

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“I had spectacular luck,” Bernier writes in her bonbon of a book, “Some of My Lives: A Scrapbook Memoir.” Enlarge This Image In 37 years, Rosamond Bernier gave over 200 lectures at the Metropolitan Museum.

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Publishers Weekly

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Early Vogue fashion editor and accomplished lecturer on modern art, Bernier (Matisse, Picasso, Miro—As I Knew Them) reminisces about the famous artists she has known throughout a full, rich career, from Mexico to Paris.

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The Washington Times

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Whether putting out a book like this does justice to its author or the myriad subjects in whose wake she swam is a valid question: one that will be answered predictably by anyone who looks at its surface or even at what is - or isn’t - below.

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Bookmarks Magazine

The result is a multifaceted self-portrait of a life informed and surrounded by the arts.

Through the stories of her encounters with some of the twentieth century’s great artists and composers—including Pablo Picasso, Leonard Bernstein, Max Ernst, Aaron Copeland, Malcolm Lowry, and Karl La...

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California Literary Review

As Bernier has it he was thereby was responsible for the “eventual ruining the idyllic coastline.” Moreover, when Aaron Copeland first heard of her engagement to marry Riley, as Bernier reports it, he, a closet gay (as was the custom of those times) wrote of it to a friend: “My girl had gotten h...

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Brevity Magazine

A “talker” she calls herself, telling funny stories about her experiences, including a young Mormon publicly thanking God that He had sent her to their school.

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