The Official Rogue Book Club
Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas
Thursday, June 4, 2020
Discover book recommendations, writers, and fellow cultural connoisseurs with the Crocker’s Official Rogue Book Club! Each month, readers, art-lovers, and special guests gather together to share and discuss books related to art, history, and the Crocker’s collection.
This month's guest is Donna M. Lucey author of the Club’s Book of the Month — Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas (2017), which chronicles the lives of four women painted by the iconic high-society portraitist John Singer Sargent. Lucey writes: "Books take on a life of their own. During my research I spent several nights in the home of one of the characters, and the place was thoroughly haunted. (And I'm not one to feel ghosts — this was my first and only encounter with one.) Who can resist a ghost story?"
Donna M. Lucey is an award-winning author and scholar who loves to rummage in dusty archives and attics seeking out untold stories about women. Her previous works include the New York Times bestseller Archie and Amélie: Love and Madness in the Gilded Age (2006); I Dwell in Possibility: Women Build a Nation, 1600 to 1920 (2001), and the award-winning Photographing Montana 1894–1928: The Life and Work of Evelyn Cameron (1990). Sargent’s Womenwon a 2019 Victorian Society in America Book Award, the 2018 Art in Literature: The Mary Lynn Kotz Award, was a Finalist for Best work of Non-Fiction Library of Virginia Literary Award, and was a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice Selection.
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