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Anton Gill
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15 Oct 2001

The wayward life (1898–1979) of the voracious art collector and great female patron of world-famous artists.

‘Mrs Guggenheim, how many husbands have you had?’ ‘Do you mean my own, or other people’s?’ Peggy Guggenheim was an American millionairess art collector and legendary lover, whose father died on the Titanic returning from installing the lift machinery in the Eiffel Tower. She lived in Paris in the 1930s and got to know all the major artists – especially the Surrealists. (Later she bullied Max Ernst into marrying her, but was snubbed by Picasso.) When the Second World War broke out, she bought great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America; as a Jew she escaped from Vichy France and set up in New York, where in the 1940s and 50s she befriended and encouraged the New York School (Jackson Pollock, Rothko, etc.)

Her emotional life was in constant turmoil – a life of booze, bed and bohemia (mostly rich bohemia). Her favourite husband was a drunken English dilettante writer called Lawrence Vail, but she bedded many others, including Samuel Beckett. Later she moved to Venice, where her memory is enshrined in the world-famous palazzo that houses her Guggenheim Collection.



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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (15 Oct 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0002570785
  • ISBN-13: 978-0002570787
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.5 x 5.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,399,058 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Antony Cutler is the pseudonym of acclaimed novelist and Renaissance historian ANTON GILL. Under his own name he has published a series of thrillers set in Ancient Egypt, and a history-mystery, The Sacred Scroll. An English Literature graduate of Clare College, Cambridge, he has been a freelance writer since 1984, and has been translated and published worldwide. He has written a wide variety of historical non-fiction, and previously worked in theatre, radio and television. Anton is married to the actress Marji Campi, and divides his time between London and Paris.


ANTON GILL: selected books published since 1984.
(This list covers main books only. It does not include minor stuff, short stories, plays and features.)

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MARTIN ALLEN IS MISSING (study of missing children in London) - Corgi Books, London, 1984 - ISBN 13-digit: 9780552124669

HOW TO BE OXBRIDGE (satirical history of Oxford and Cambridge universities since World War Two) - Grafton Books, London, 1985; Kenkyusha, Tokyo, 1988 - ISBN13: 9780246124326

CROQUET, THE COMPLETE GUIDE (social history of the game of croquet on both sides of the Atlantic) - Heinemann, London, 1986 - ISBN13: 9780434981007

MAD ABOUT THE BOY (biography of pop-singer Boy George) - Century, London, 1987 - ISBN13: 9780712609838

THE JOURNEY BACK FROM HELL (study of post-war lives of survivors of the German concentration camps of World War Two - winner of the H. H. Wingate Prize for non-fiction, 1988) - Grafton, London, 1988 and 1989; Morrow, NYC, 1989; Avon, NYC, 1990; HarperCollins UK, London, 1994; reprinted 1996 and 1998 - ISBN13: 9780586206508

BERLIN TO BUCHAREST (travels in Eastern Europe just before the counter-revolutions there - ie in 1988 and 1989) - Grafton, London, 1990; David and Charles, NYC, 1992; Hollandia, Amsterdam, 1993 - ISBN13: 9780246134851

CITY OF THE HORIZON
CITY OF DREAMS (German VOGUE top five novels, 1997)
CITY OF THE DEAD (top ten bestsellers, fiction, France, 1997)
(three thrillers set in ancient Egypt about the time of the reign of Tutankhamun)
- Bloomsbury, London, 1991-1993; 1994; Eichborn, Frankfurt, 1992-1995; Droemer Knaur, Munich, 1994-1996; de Boekerij, Amsterdam, 1994-1996; 1998; Editions 10/18 - Les grands detectives - Paris, 1994-1996; Plaza y Janes Editores, Barcelona, 1995-1997 and Planeta DeAgostini, Madrid, 1997-2002; Mondadori, Milan, 1995-1997; Alpress, Frydek-Mistek (Czech Republic), 1996-1998; Alien, Athens, 1997-2000 (and continuing as of 2003); repr. USA (Felony & Mayhem) 2006-2008) - ISBN13s: 9780747511934/9780747511764/9780747555555509004

A DANCE BETWEEN FLAMES (a general history of Berlin between the two world wars) - John Murray, London, 1993; Carroll and Graf, NYC, 1994; Abacus, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780719549861

AN HONOURABLE DEFEAT (a history of the German Resistance to Hitler and Nazism, 1933-1945) - Heinemann Mandarin, London, 1994; Henry Holt, NYC, 1994; UK & US pbk 1995 - 9780434292761

RULING PASSIONS (sexuality and the British Empire) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563370918

THE HANGING GALE (novel based on drama serial about the C19 Irish famine) - BBC Books, London, 1995 - ISBN13: 9780563371939


CITY OF LIES
CITY OF DESIRE
CITY OF THE SEA
(three further Egyptian thrillers, published between 1997 and 2003 by the mainland European publishers listed above.) ISBNs: N/A

THE DEVIL'S MARINER (a biography of the seventeenth-century explorer and pirate William Dampier) - Michael Joseph, London, 1997 - ISBN13: 9780718141141

THE LAST TALONS OF THE EAGLE (with Gary Hyland; about avant-garde German military aeroplane development in the Second World War) - Headline, London, 1998 - 9780747221561

EXTINCT (with Alex West; natural history book to tie in with Channel 4 TV series of same name) - Channel 4 Books, 2002 - ISBN13: 9780752261621

PEGGY GUGGENHEIM - THE LIFE OF AN ART ADDICT - HarperCollins UK 2001/USA 2002 (as ART LOVER)/ Random House - Mondadori, Barcelona, Spain 2002/Globus Brazil 2004/Poland/S. Korea/Italy/Greece - 2004 +. Paperback editions 2004 + /Hungary 2006; repr. UK 2007 - ISBN13: 9780002570785

THE GREAT ESCAPE (account of the escape of RAF POWs from Stalag-Luft III in 1944) - Headline, 2002; Poland, 2004; paperback 2004

IL GIGANTE (Florence, Michelangelo and the David, 1492 - 1504) - Headline, 2002; St Martin's Press, USA, 2004; also Japan, Korea, Italy, 2004 - 2005 - ISBN13: 9780747235759

ANCIENT EGYPTIANS (history of the land & people, accompanies C4 series) HarperCollins, 2003; paperback UK 2004 - ISBN13: 9780007143993

WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? - TRACING YOUR FAMILY BACK TO THE TUDORS (accompanies BBC series) HarperCollins, 2006 - ISBN13: 9780007230082

EMPIRE'S CHILDREN (history of the fall of the British Empire, accompanies Channel 4 series) HarperCollins, 2007 - ISBN13: 9780007247141

GATEWAY OF THE GODS (a history of Ancient Mesopotamia) Quercus - UK publ. Nov 2008 - ISBN13: 9781847246691

ASSASSIN'S CREED: RENAISSANCE (writing as Oliver Bowden; ndp) (novel) Penguin Books, UK and worldwide from Nov 2009 (25 in top 50 London, Christmas, 2009) - ISBN13: 9780114106309


THE SLEEP OF REASON (novel - unpublished/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

VAMPIRES OF ROME (novel - work in progress/2010 -) - ISBN: N/A

TITANIC: THE REAL STORY OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WORLD'S MOST FAMOUS SHIP (non-fiction - accompanies C4 series, Titanic - The Mission) Channel 4 Books/Transworld, October 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

ASSASSIN'S CREED - BROTHERHOOD (by 'Oliver Bowden' as above) Penguin Books, UK & worldwide from Nov 2010 - ISBN: not yet available

THE SACRED SCROLL (novel) Penguin Books, UK 2011 - ISBN: not yet available





London/Paris, 2010



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Mark Lucas/Julian Alexander
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14 Vernon Street
London W14 0RJ
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+44 (0)20 7471 7900

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Review

‘Learned and wonderfully gossipy. Gill’s book is ripping, zestful and a treasure trove of spicy anecdotes and bitchy quotes’ Miranda Seymour, Sunday Times

‘Often touching and always richly entertaining, like its subject’ Hilary Spurling, Daily Telegraph

‘Anton Gill tells this extraordinary story with vigour and panache’ Selina Hastings, Sunday Telegraph

From the Back Cover

Peggy Guggenheim's tempestuous life (1898-1979) spanned the most exciting and volatile years of the twentieth century, and she lived it to the full. How she became one of the foremost collectors of modern art – and one of the century's most formidable lovers – is the subject of this authoritative and lively biography. 'Mrs Guggenheim, how many husbands have you had?', she was once asked. 'Do you mean my own, or other people's?'

Her father, Benjamin Guggenheim, went down with the Titanic while he was returning from installing the lift machinery in the Eiffel Tower, and it was in Paris in the 1930s that the young heiress to a small fortune began to make her mark in the art world. Married uneasily to a drunken English dilettante writer called Laurence Vail, she joined the American expatriate bohemian set. Her many lovers included such lions of the world of art and literature as Samuel Beckett, Max Ernst (whom she later married), Yves Tanguy and Roland Penrose. Yet her real love always seemed to elude her.

In the later 1930s Peggy set up one of the first galleries of modern art in London, quickly building up a magnificent selection of works by Picasso(who snubbed her), Magritte, Miro and Brancusi and buying great numbers of paintings from artists fleeing to America after the Nazi invasion of France. Escaping from Vichy France, she set up in New York, where she was hugely influential in assisting the beginnings of the new American Abstract Expressionist movement (in particular Jackson Pollock).

After the war, she returned to Europe, living in Venice until the end of her life. Today her memory is enshrined in the world-famous palazzo that houses her Guggenheim collection.

Meticulously researched, filled with colourful incident and a distinguished cast-list, Anton Gill's biography reveals the inner drives of a remarkable woman and indefatigable patron.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art and Peggy in the C20th 19 Sep 2011
By Susanna
Format:Paperback
I can't agree with the other reviewer. Peggy Guggenheim was important for her position as a promoter of modern art after WW2. This is a most interesting book which puts her life into context along with the artists of the period particularly those that fled the Holocaust. If you don't like art history I don't know why you would want to read about her as art was what she was about and why her museum in Venice attracts a stream of visitors.
A great and informative read.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars An Essay on Modern Art 7 Dec 2007
Format:Paperback
If you would like to read the life of Peggy Guggenheim then do not buy this book. It is an essay on modern art during the life of Peggy Guggenheim.
It is a very well researched book but it fails to give the life of Peggy Guggenheim. It is filled with too much details on arts and artists and their interconnections and influence on the 19th century modern art that at the end of the book I feel as if I know very little about the life of the collector.
I'm sure that an arts student or someone who has the basics to understand who's who the book is talking about would enjoy it.
I didn't. It took me three months to read and believe me I read it for the simple reason that I wanted to finish the book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 8 July 2014
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good read.
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