Treasure Palaces by The Economist
Great Writers Visit Great Museums

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This lively collection brings together 23 short essays that were commissioned by the editors of Intelligent Life for their “Authors on Museums” series...These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing.
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In this exuberant celebration of the world’s museums, great and small, revered writers like Ann Patchett, Julian Barnes, Neil Gaiman, and more tell us about their favorite museums, including the Lower East Side Tenement Museum in New York, the Musée Rodin in Paris, and Tate Modern in London. These essays, collected from the pages of The Economist's Intelligent Life magazine, reveal the special hold that some museums have over us all.

In his ode to the Museum of Anthropology in Xalapa, Mexico, the great novelist and essayist Carlos Fuentes writes, “Museums, like lovers, can lose their charms. But the next time can always be the first time.” William Boyd visits the Leopold Museum in Vienna—a shrine to his favorite artist, Egon Schiele, whom Boyd first discovered on a postcard as a University student. In front of her favorite Rodins, Allison Pearson recalls a traumatic episode she suffered at the hands of a schoolteacher following a trip to the Musée in Paris. Neil Gaiman admires the fantastic world depicted in British outsider artist Richard Dadd’s “The Fairy Feller’s Master-Stroke,” a tiny painting that also decorated the foldout cover of a Queen album, housed in the Victorian room of Tate Britain’s Pre-Raphaelite collection. Ann Patchett fondly revisits Harvard University’s Museum of Natural History—which she discovered at 19, while in the throes of summer romance with a biology student named Jack.

In Search of the Originals is a treasure trove of wonders, a tribute to the diversity and power of the museums, the safe-keepers of our world’s most extraordinary artifacts, and an intimate look into the deeply personal reveries we fall into when before great art.
 

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Maggie Fergusson is Secretary of the Royal Society of Literature and Literary Editor of Intelligent Life. Her first book, George Mackay Brown: The Life, won the Saltire First Book Prize, the Marsh Biography Award, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award and the Scottish Arts Council Biography Award. Michael Morpurgo OBE is one of Britain’s best-loved writers for children. He was written over 100 books and won many prizes, including the Blue Peter Book Award and the Whitbread Award. His bestselling novels include Kensuke’s Kingdom, Shadow, Private Peaceful, An Elephant in the Garden and Born to Run. He was made Children’s Laureate from 2003 to 2005, a role which took him all over the country to inspire children with the joy of reading stories.
 
Published November 8, 2016 by The Economist. 242 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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This lively collection brings together 23 short essays that were commissioned by the editors of Intelligent Life for their “Authors on Museums” series...These graceful, vicarious tours to museums famous and obscure are almost as good as the real thing.

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