The Artist's Wife

The Artist's Wife

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Baker & Taylor
Alma Mahler, a promising composer, abandons her own musical career to serve as mentor and professional muse for other musicians, in a dark, lyrical novel.

McMillan Palgrave
An elegant reimagining of the life of Alma Mahler, the lovely, aristocratic fin-de-siècle composer who abandoned her own art to become the inspiration and collector of geniuses.

At the turn of the century, "the most beautiful girl in Vienna" stood at the threshold of a promising musical career. But instead, she turned her considerable talents to becoming a freelance muse. Passionate, fickle, brilliant, and alcoholic, she conquered a series of difficult geniuses, including the composer Gustav Mahler (whom she sent to Freud for marriage counseling); the architect Walter Gropius, who went on to found the Bauhaus movement; the writer Franz Werfel, author of The Song of Bernadette; and the revolutionary painters Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

Deftly bling period detail and modern sensibility, Max Phillips presents the bold, unapologetic Alma, who narrates her own provocative story, bringing to life the luminaries of her era as she tells of her triumphs in the fading elegance of Central Europe's beau monde, her flight from Hitler's Anschluss, and her exile in golden-age Hollywood. A glittering, darkly sensual novel, The Artist's Wife turns the lens of history upon the nature of inspiration, ambition, and love.


Holtzbrinck
An elegant reimagining of the life of Alma Mahler, the lovely, aristocratic fin-de-siècle composer who abandoned her own art to become the inspiration and collector of geniuses.

At the turn of the century, "the most beautiful girl in Vienna" stood at the threshold of a promising musical career. But instead, she turned her considerable talents to becoming a freelance muse. Passionate, fickle, brilliant, and alcoholic, she conquered a series of difficult geniuses, including the composer Gustav Mahler (whom she sent to Freud for marriage counseling); the architect Walter Gropius, who went on to found the Bauhaus movement; the writer Franz Werfel, author of The Song of Bernadette; and the revolutionary painters Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

Deftly bling period detail and modern sensibility, Max Phillips presents the bold, unapologetic Alma, who narrates her own provocative story, bringing to life the luminaries of her era as she tells of her triumphs in the fading elegance of Central Europe's beau monde, her flight from Hitler's Anschluss, and her exile in golden-age Hollywood. A glittering, darkly sensual novel, The Artist's Wife turns the lens of history upon the nature of inspiration, ambition, and love.


Blackwell North Amer
At the turn of the century, she was "the most beautiful girl in Vienna," intelligent, aristocratic, and adored. Her father was a landscape painter and an Imperial favorite. She herself stood at the threshold of a promising musical career. Her childhood dream had been to follow her Papi's footsteps in the impersonal pursuit of Art. Instead, Alma Mahler turned her considerable talents to becoming a freelance muse.
Passionate, fickle, brilliant, and alcoholic, she made a series of dazzling conquests, including the composer Gustav Mahler; the architect Walter Gropius, who went on to found the Bauhaus; the author Franz Werfel, who wrote The Song of Bernadette; and the revolutionary painters Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.
In The Artist's Wife, Alma Mahler tells her own story, after death and without apology: her childhood in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire, her climb to the heights of Central Europe's beau monde, the struggles of her three marriages, the deaths of three of her children, her flight from Hitler's Anschluss, and her exile in Golden Age Hollywood.
It was an extraordinary life, encompassing poverty and wealth, celebrity and isolation, and ranging from the court of the Habsburgs to Beatles-era Manhattan.

Baker
& Taylor

In a dark, lyrical novel of the life of the artist, Alma Mahler, a promising composer, abandons her own musical career to serve as mentor and professional muse for other musicians. By the author of Snakebite Sonnet. 15,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, c2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805066708
0805066705
Branch Call Number: F PHI
Characteristics: 254 p. ; 22 cm

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Bassrazz
Mar 20, 2010

This is a novel loosely based on the life of Alma Mahler - the wife of Gustav Mahler. She was a muse and a source of great confusion and pain for Mahler, as well as many of the most creative and artistic men of the early 20th Century in Vienna and Italy.

If you are a fan of Mahler, it is probably worth the time to read this somewhat fictional portrayal of Alma Mahler's life.

This is NOT recommended for juvenile readers due to the sexual situations described in this book.

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