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Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper

(2001)
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Harriet Scott Chessman takes us into the world of Mary Cassatt's early Impressionist paintings through Mary's sister Lydia, whom the author sees as Cassatt's most inspiring muse. Chessman hauntingly brings to life Paris in 1880, with its thriving art world. The novel's subtle power rises out of a sustained inquiry into art's relation to the ragged world of desire and mortality. Ill with Bright's disease and conscious of her approaching death, Lydia contemplates her world narrowing. With the rising emotional tension between the loving sisters, between one who sees and one who is seen, Lydia asks moving questions about love and art's capacity to remember. Chessman illuminates Cassatt's brilliant paintings and creates a compelling portrait of the brave and memorable model who inhabits them with such grace. Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper includes five full-color plates, some of the most beautiful paintings Mary Cassatt made of her sister.

    

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"Lovely, Chessman beautifully captures the rich relationship between sisters." - Tracy Chevalier


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February 2003 : UK Hardback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Chessman
ISBN: 0-7126-2363-9 / 978-0-7126-2363-6 (UK edition)
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June 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper (Thorndike Women's Fiction)
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 0-7862-4092-X / 978-0-7862-4092-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 1-58322-272-3 / 978-1-58322-272-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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January 2004 : UK Paperback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Chessman
ISBN: 0-09-944167-5 / 978-0-09-944167-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Arrow Books Ltd
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October 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 0-452-28350-7 / 978-0-452-28350-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Plume
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2001 : USA Paperback
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 0-9653752-2-6 / 978-0-9653752-2-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: The Permanent Press
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April 2017 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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April 2017 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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September 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper (Audio Editions)
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 1-57270-288-5 / 978-1-57270-288-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Partners
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September 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 1-57270-289-3 / 978-1-57270-289-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Audio Partners
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April 2002 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 0-7927-2547-6 / 978-0-7927-2547-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Sound Library
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April 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
ISBN: 0-7927-9752-3 / 978-0-7927-9752-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Chivers Sound Library
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Kindle Editions

January 2011 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Lydia Cassat Reading the Morning Paper: A Novel
Author(s): Harriet Scott Chessman
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
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