How Passsion for Art Shaped 19th-Century French Novels
A scintillating glimpse into the lives of acclaimed writers and artists and their inspiring, often
surprising convergences, from the author
of Monsieur Proust's Library
With the wit and penetration well known to readers of Balzac's Omelette and Monsieur Proust's Library, Anka Muhlstein's Pen and Brush revisits the delights of the French novel. This time she focuses on late 19th- and 20th-century writers: Balzac, Zola, Proust, Huysmans, and Maupassant, through the lens of their passionate involvement with the fine arts. She delves into the crucial role that painters play as characters in their novels, which she pairs with an exploration of the profound influence that painting exercised on the novelists' techniques, offering an intimate view of the intertwined worlds of painters and writers at the time.
Muhlstein's deftly chosen vignettes bring to life a portrait of the 19th century's tight-knit artistic community, where Cézanne and Zola befriended each other as boys and Balzac yearned for the approval of Delacroix. She leads the reader on a journey of spontaneous discovery as she explores how a great painting can open a mind and spark creative fire.
ANKA MUHLSTEIN has written biographies of Queen Victoria, James de Rothschild, Cavelier de
La Salle, and Astolphe de Custine; studies on Catherine de Médicis, Marie de Médicis, and Anne of Austria; a double biography, Elizabeth I and Mary Stuart; and most recently, Balzac's Omelette and Monsieur Proust's Library (Other Press). She has won two prizes from the Académie française and the Goncourt Prize for Biography. She and her husband, Louis Begley, have written a book on Venice, Venice for Lovers. They live in New York City.
Rightsdesk seeks to partner with literary agencies and rights departments world wide. Would you like to join us, too? We will be happy to offer our special launch package to early adopters. Come and join us!