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Gluck: 1895-1978 : Her Biography

3.54  ·  Rating details ·  37 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Her torrid personal life shocked her prominent and wealthy family, who nonetheless allowed her to live in style and pursue her art. In the 1920s and 30s Gluck's portraits, flower paintings, and landscapes, set in frames she designed and patented, were coveted by the rich and famous. Yet, at the height of her fame she stopped working...until, at nearly 80, she returned to t ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 1st 1989 by Pandora Press (first published 1989)
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Jul 03, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating and left me with a huge crush on the androgynous Gluck and on author Souhami herself.
Chloe Fowler
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it
I was captivated by her self portrait in the recent Queer Britain exhibition at the Tate and beetled straight to the shop hoping for a biography and there was one! Yay! Another book book (not e-book) for Chloe to this a new trend?

It's a big old book for a life where...not masses happened. More than anything that's happened in MY life, for sure, but still. It's great that it has pictures (of pictures) but they're in black and white...feels very diminishing.

The book certainly timelines
I was invited by Netgalley to review this book.
To say the truth I had no idea who this person was and I had my doubts I would enjoy the biography, they are not my usual cup of tea.
Yet it was a book I read with dedication. A book that not only described to me, as wikipedia does, Gluck’s lifetime, but what was more important it described the emotions that motivated Gluck’s life. Why she came to call herself so? Why did she paint that painting? Why did she move in that house? Why the choice of tha
This book was interesting but nothing special. I am not sure if it was the author or Gluck herself but I just didn't think the life of the butch lesbian gender bending painter Gluck was very exciting. I understand she was a pioneer in the wearing of men's attire at a time when it was controversial to do so. I also get that she was somewhat of a 20s and 30s high society darling and art talent but I just kept wanting her to be more interesting and she wasn't. Neither was the lackluster writing in ...more
Ruby Noise
Mar 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
An insight into the 1920's and 30's life of a lesbian painter and her loves. Androgynous and single minded her work was her passion as were her two main loves. She could be tough to deal with but then, isn't that a prerequisite of creating your art?
Mary Karpel-Jergic
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography, art
If inly the prints were in colour. A brilliant artist with n interesting and rebellious life.
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M.E. Logan
She was a rebel. She was difficult. She had a torrid personal life that shocked her family. But she was an extraordinary woman and an undervalued artist.
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
Fascinating artist she might be someone I would add to the dinner party of dead famous people I would like to share a meal with.
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Personality 1 1 Apr 05, 2015 12:41PM  
Diana Souhami was brought up in London and studied philosophy at Hull University. She worked in the publications department of the BBC before turning to biography. In 1986 she was approached by Pandora Press and received a commission to write a biography of Hannah Gluckstein. Souhami became a full-time writer publishing biographies which mostly explore the most influential and intriguing of 20th c ...more
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