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A Chance Meeting
A Chance Meeting
 
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Author : Cohen Rachel
Publisher : Random House
ISBN# : 1400061644
Pages : 0
Price :INR 1752
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Creative inspiration often takes the form of friendships and rivalries, and the synergy within artistic and literary circles greatly intrigues scholars, although few have taken as insightful an approach to art and literature`s mutuality as newcomer Cohen. Surveying American art and literature during the century between the Civil War and the civil rights movement, she reveals significant and often surprising connections among 30 trailblazing individuals, in vividly anecdotal and gracefully linked essays. Cohen begins in 1854 when 11-year-old Henry James and his father pose for a daguerreotype made by Mathew Brady. Readers then witness William Dean Howells befriending James, Walt Whitman (also photographed by Brady), and Mark Twain. As the spiral Cohen puts in motion spins forward in time, it gathers up photographers Edward Steichen and Alfred Stieglitz, artists Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Cornell, and writers Willa Cather, Gertrude Stein, Nora Zeale Hurston, Marianne Moore, James Baldwin, and Norman Mailer. In her fresh and revelatory portraits and analysis, Cohen assesses each creative individual`s impact on American culture and each other in light of issues related to class, race, sexual orientation, politics, and aesthetics. Talk about bringing cultural history to life: this is a veritable party.
 
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