The Lives of the Muses by Francine Prose

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By digging into the mythology that surrounds the "golden afternoon" where Lewis Carroll created Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for "child-friend" Alice Liddell,...Prose shows the currents flowing between these remarkable people, dissecting the legends to reveal their messy human hearts.
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All loved, and were loved by, their artists, and inspired them with an intensity of emotion akin to Eros.

In a brilliant, wry, and provocative book, National Book Award finalist Francine Prose explores the complex relationship between the artist and his muse. In so doing, she illuminates with great sensitivity and intelligence the elusive emotional wellsprings of the creative process.

 

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Francine Prose is the critically acclaimed author of nineteen novels, including the National Book Award Finalist Blue Angel and My New American Life. She has written three other novels for young adults: After, winner of the California Young Reader Medal, an IRA/CBC Young Adults' Choice, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age; Bullyville, a PW Best Book and Book Sense Children's Pick; and her most recent, Touch. She is also the author of two picture books, Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig and Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato. The recipient of numerous grants and honors, including a Guggenheim and a Fulbright, Francine Prose was Director's Fellow at the Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library. She lives in New York City.
 
Published March 17, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 448 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Arts & Photography, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Victoria Segal on Sep 27 2013

By digging into the mythology that surrounds the "golden afternoon" where Lewis Carroll created Alice's Adventures in Wonderland for "child-friend" Alice Liddell,...Prose shows the currents flowing between these remarkable people, dissecting the legends to reveal their messy human hearts.

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