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I Am Madame X

(2003)
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When John Singer Sargent unveiled Madame X -- his famous portrait of American beauty Virginie Gautreau -- at the 1884 Paris Salon, its subject's bold pose and provocative dress shocked the public and the critics, smashing Sargent's dreams of a Paris career. In this remarkable novel, Gioia Diliberto tells Virginie's story, drawing on the sketchy historical facts to re-create Virginie's tempestuous personality and the captivating milieu of nineteenth-century Paris. Born in New Orleans and raised on a lush plantation, Virginie fled to France during the Civil War, where she was absorbed into the fascinating and wealthy world of grand ballrooms, dressmakers' salons, and artists' ateliers. Even before Sargent painted her portrait, Virginie's reputation for promiscuity and showy self-display made her the subject of vicious Paris gossip.

Immersing the reader in Belle Epoque Paris, I Am Madame X is a compulsively readable and richly imagined novel illuminating the struggle between Virginie and Sargent over the outcome of a painting that changed their lives and affected the course of art history.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2003 : USA Hardback
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0-7432-1155-3 / 978-0-7432-1155-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Paperback Editions

May 2004 : USA Paperback
Title: I Am Madame X: A Novel
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0-7434-5680-7 / 978-0-7434-5680-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
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Audio Editions

September 2013 : USA Audio CD
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 1-4708-9198-0 / 978-1-4708-9198-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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April 2009 : USA Audio edition
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

December 2003 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0-7861-2602-7 / 978-0-7861-2602-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2003 : USA Audio CD
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0-7861-8936-3 / 978-0-7861-8936-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

December 2003 : USA MP3 CD
Title: I Am Madame X
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
ISBN: 0-7861-8767-0 / 978-0-7861-8767-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Kindle Editions

March 2003 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: I Am Madame X: A Novel
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

March 2003 : UK Kindle edition
Title: I Am Madame X: A Novel
Author(s): Gioia Diliberto
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon UK   



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