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  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Perennial; Reprint edition (Jan. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060089261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060089269
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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"Bully for Michaelis' book..." TIME, September 21, 1998.
"In this meticulous, satisfying biography, Michaelis captures Wyeth and his times vividly...Bully for Michaelis' book..." TIME, September 21, 1998. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 26 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
David Michaelis has exhaustively researched N. C. Wyeth's life, poring through literally thousands of letters and other materials preserved in the Wyeth archive, but his biography is no dry recitation of facts. Through it, N. C. comes alive as a forceful presence, living through an amazing era and NOT exemplifying it. Although his life spanned almost half of the twentieth century, the insular family world he grew up in, then created for himself, was a monumental attempt to preserve the values and morals of the nineteenth century. Barry Moser highly recommended this book to me back in August, and I thank him for it-- as a work of history it is excellent, and as a biography is second to none.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a writer with the Philadelphia Inquirer, I have covered the Wyeth family extensively. I thought I knew everything about N.C. Wyeth, especially after reading Meryman's book on Andrew W. I thought I would get the same old background info, such as how N.C. home-schooled his kids, was a "super Dad," as Michaelis described him in a recent interview. I had read N.C. Wyeth's letters so I thought I knew all about his life before marriage. I was surprised how novel-like this bio is, not surprising since Michaelis is a novelist. (He says he has given up fiction though; he was in the middle of a stalled novel when he decided to write a magazine piece for Conte Nast Travel magazine about Chadds Ford. Then he thought of doing the bio.) I also love the 19th-century social history aspect of the book--Michaelis begins with N.C.'s grandparents. He also explains everything within a historical context (but not too heavy) so that when you read about the Wyeth's early life in New England, he mentions how others (i.e. neighbors) were also living their lives. In researching the book, Michaleis read everything from books on depression to Van Gough's letters. There is also one major family secret that every book review mentions. I wish I hadn't known about it before reading the book, because it was like reading a mystery and knowing the who-done-it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 23 July 1998
Format: Hardcover
This is the first book I can remember that ever compelled me to put down my own work to read. Two or three times in the past few days as I was hard at work I was overwhelmed by the need to get back to this story. What a great read this book is! I couldn't put it down. I think that N. C. Wyeth: A Biography should be required reading for all artists, illustrators, art students, art teachers, art directors, art dealers, art collectors, publishers, editors, parents, and lovers---and anyone else who wants to read a damned good book.
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