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The Artist's Wife

(2001)
A novel by

 
 
An elegant reimagining of the life of Alma Mahler, the lovely, aristocratic fin-de-siecle composer who abandoned her own art to become the inspiration and collector of geniuses.

At the turn of the century, "the most beautiful girl in Vienna" stood at the threshold of a promising musical career. But instead, she turned her considerable talents to becoming a freelance muse. Passionate, fickle, brilliant, and alcoholic, she conquered a series of difficult geniuses, including the composer Gustav Mahler (whom she sent to Freud for marriage counseling); the architect Walter Gropius, who went on to found the Bauhaus movement; the writer Franz Werfel, author of The Song of Bernadette; and the revolutionary painters Gustav Klimt and Oskar Kokoschka.

Deftly bling period detail and modern sensibility, Max Phillips presents the bold, unapologetic Alma, who narrates her own provocative story, bringing to life the luminaries of her era as she tells of her triumphs in the fading elegance of Central Europe's beau monde, her flight from Hitler's Anschluss, and her exile in golden-age Hollywood. A glittering, darkly sensual novel, The Artist's Wife turns the lens of history upon the nature of inspiration, ambition, and love.


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Hardback Editions

June 2001 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Artist's Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Max Phillips
ISBN: 0-8050-6670-5 / 978-0-8050-6670-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
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Paperback Editions

January 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Artist's Wife
Author(s): Max Phillips
ISBN: 1-56649-273-4 / 978-1-56649-273-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers
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June 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Artist's Wife: A Novel
Author(s): Max Phillips
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA