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The Age of Light

The Age of Light

A model, a muse, a lover to surrealist Man Ray and a pioneering artist in her own right. This the story of Lee Miller, the most extraordinary woman of the twentieth century, and her battle to determine her own life.

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ISBN 9781509889129
Barcode 9781509889129
Published 21 February 2019 by Pan Macmillan
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Scharer, Whitney
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ISBN-13 9781509889129
ISBN-10 1509889124
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Pan Macmillan
Imprint Picador
Publication Date 21 February 2019
International Publication Date 7 February 2019
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Scharer, Whitney
Category Art Styles: Surrealism & Dada
Individual Photographers
Modern Fiction
Romantic Fiction: Historical
Historical Fiction
True Stories
Number of Pages 320
Dimensions Width: 135mm
Height: 216mm
Spine: 31mm
Weight 520g
Interest Age 18+ years
Reading Age 18+ years
Library of Congress Paris France - Fiction - History - 20th century
NBS Text Romance & Sagas
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.6
Catalogue Code 954893

Description of this Book

'I'd rather take a photograph than be one,' says Lee Miller, shortly after she arrives in Paris in 1929. Gorgeous and talented, Lee has left behind a successful modeling career at Vogue to pursue her dream of being an artist. There she catches the eye of the famous Surrealist artist Man Ray. An egotistical, charismatic force, Lee is drawn to him immediately. Though he initially wants to use her as a model, Lee is determined to become Man's photography assistant instead. As their personal and professional lives become further entwined, Lee is consumed by two desires: to become a famous photographer and to have a healthy and loving relationship. But as Lee asserts herself and moves from being a muse to an artist, Man's jealousy spirals out of control, and their mutual betrayals threaten to destroy them both. Richly detailed and filled with a cast of famous characters, The Age of Light is a captivating historical novel about ambition, love, and the personal price of making art. In exploring Lee's complicated and fascinating history, Whitney Scharer has brought a brilliant and pioneering artist out of the shadow of a man's story and into the light.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review Whitney Scharer's storytelling is utterly immersive and gorgeous in its details -- Madeline Miller, <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Circe</i> The Age of Light is a startlingly modern love story and a mesmerizing portrait of a woman's self-transformation from muse to artist -- Celeste Ng
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

Whitney Scharer earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington, and her short fiction has appeared in the Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, and other journals. She's received an Emerging Artist Award in Literature from the St Botolph Club Foundation and a Somerville Arts Council Artists grant, and been awarded a residency at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. The Age of Light is her first novel.

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