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Secrest, Meryle

Overview
Works: 41 works in 246 publications in 8 languages and 13,259 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographical television programs  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Juvenile works  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Nonfiction television programs  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author
Classifications: NA737.W7, B
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Most widely held works about Meryle Secrest
 
Most widely held works by Meryle Secrest
Frank Lloyd Wright by Meryle Secrest( Book )

26 editions published between 1992 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,014 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rightness carried him through bankruptcy, arrest, fire, divorce and years of social ostracism. A riveting portrait of a genius
Stephen Sondheim : a life by Meryle Secrest( Book )

18 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,575 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of composer-lyricist Stephen Sondheim, discussing his early music education, his struggles to become recognized in the theatre, his Broadway successes, and his relationships with some of the world's best known composers, actors, and directors
Somewhere for me : a biography of Richard Rodgers by Meryle Secrest( Book )

10 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Details the life of legendary composer, Richard Rodgers
Leonard Bernstein : a life by Meryle Secrest( Book )

14 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in English and Czech and held by 1,277 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Here is Leonard Bernstein, full scale and fully alive - the child prodigy, the man, the composer, the teacher, the hugely charismatic personality, the lover, the American folk hero." "Everything is here: the child growing up in a Hasidic family in Massachusetts, his father a rabbi's son; his first piano at age nine ("I remember touching it ... It was my contact with life, with God"); his reluctant, brilliant, argumentative years at Harvard; the rocky but exhilarating start of his career (scant jobs, no money, but friendships with Aaron Copland, Virgil Thomson, Judy Holliday, Comden and Green, et al.); his spectacular debut (understudy into a star!) as substitute conductor at the New York Philharmonic; the great career over the years as a composer in classical music, and in musical theater." "We see Bernstein: the good father to his three children, the man who adored his wife, Felicia Montealegre, the man who adored men, the brilliant and generous mentor, the temperamental artist, the hypochondriac, the politician, the businessman, the Pied Piper ..." "His life, his music, the great international cultural world in which he traveled, are richly and vividly portrayed in this magnificent biography, alive with music - and with life."--Jacket
Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

20 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,053 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Lord Clark was one of the most charismatic figures of his generation. This first biography assess his many achievement and reveals the triumphs and tensions of his private life."--AbeBooks
Being Bernard Berenson : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

29 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in 4 languages and held by 988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salvador Dalí by Meryle Secrest( Book )

21 editions published between 1986 and 1988 in English and Undetermined and held by 963 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Spaanse schilder Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech (1904- )
Modigliani : a life by Meryle Secrest( Book )

11 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 908 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Amedeo Modigliani was considered to be the quintessential bohemian artist, his legend almost as infamous as Van Gogh's. In his time, his work was seen as an oddity, a link between such portraitists as Whistler and Sargent and the modernist approaches of Gauguin and Picasso. In this major new biography, Meryle Secrest gives us a fully realized portrait of one of the twentieth century's master painters and sculptors: his upbringing, a Sephardic Jew from an impoverished but genteel Italian family; his going to Paris to make his fortune; his striking good looks; his training as an artist--and his influences: the Italian Renaissance, particularly Botticelli; Nietzsche's theories of the artist as Übermensch; the Romanian sculptor Brancusi; and the primitive sculptures of Africa and Oceania with their simplified, masklike faces. We see how his secret illness--tuberculosis--affected his work and his fatalistic attitude toward life, and how he used alcohol and opium to hide the symptoms and thus came to be seen as a dissolute alcoholic. And throughout, we see the Paris that Modigliani lived in, a city in dynamic flux where art was still a noble cause in a transforming revolution.--From publisher description
Between me and life; a biography of Romaine Brooks by Meryle Secrest( Book )

11 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Duveen : a life in art by Meryle Secrest( Book )

14 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 670 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The story begins with Duveen pere, a Dutch Jew immigrating to Britain in 1866, establishing a business in London, going from humble beginnings in an antiques shop to a knighthood celebrating him as one of the country's leading art dealers. Duveen pere could discern an Old Master beneath layers of discolored varnish. He perfected the chase, the subterfuges, the strategies, the double dealings. He had an uncanny ability to spot a hidden treasure. It was called "the Duveen eye." His son, Joseph, grew up with it and learned it all - and more." "Secrest tells us how the young Duveen was motivated from the beginning by the thrill of discovery; how he ascended, at twenty-nine, to (de facto) head of the business; how he moved away from the firm's emphasis on tapestries and Chinese porcelains toward the more speculative, more lucrative, more exciting business of dealing in Old Masters. We see a demand for these paintings growing in America, fueled by the new "squillionaires" just at the moment when British aristocrats with great art collections were losing their fortunes ... how Duveen's whole career was based on the simple observation: Europe has the art; America, the money." "Secrest shows how he sold hundreds of masterpieces by Bellini, Botticelli, Giotto, Raphael, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Watteau, Velazquez, Vermeer, and Titian, among others, by convincing such self-made Americans as Morgan, Frick, Huntington, Widener, Bache, Mellon, and Kress that ownership of great art would ennoble them, and while waving such huge sums at the already noble British owners that the art changed hands and all were happy." "Duveen was as generous as he was acquisitive, giving away hundreds of thousands of pounds to British institutions (the Tate Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum - including rooms to house the Elgin Marbles), organizing exhibitions for young artists, writing books about British art, and playing a major role in the design of the National Gallery in Washington."--Jacket
Elsa Schiaparelli : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

11 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 651 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The first biography of the grand couturier, surrealist, and embattled figure (her medium was apparel), whose extraordinary work has stood the test of time"--
Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns( Visual )

7 editions published between 1998 and 2010 in English and held by 194 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the greatest of all American architects. Over the course of his long career, Wright designed over 800 buildings. This program uses live cinematography, interviews, and rare archival footage to bring Wright's story to life
Salvador Dali by Robert Descharnes( Book )

11 editions published in 1987 in 4 languages and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de surrealistische beeldend kunstenaar (1904)
Salvador Dalí : L'extravagant surréaliste by Meryle Secrest( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in French and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leonard Bernstein : a life by Meryle Secrest( Recording )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biography of Leonard Bernstein, the monumental musical prodigy, who captured America's heart with "West Side Story", excited criticism and praise for his flamboyant conducting style, and shocked everyone with his unconventional ways
Jian zhu da shi lai te chuan by Xi ke si te( Book )

1 edition published in 1997 in Chinese and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Salvador Dalí : sein exzentrisches Leben - sein geniales Werk - seine phantastische Welt by Meryle Secrest( Book )

3 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in German and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in Undetermined and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Lloyd Wright by Spencer Hart( Book )

1 edition published in 1993 in Undetermined and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Includes Frank Lloyd Wright as an evolving architecture, and some of his works
Salvador Dalí by Gabriele Ebbecke( Book )

2 editions published in 2004 in German and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cover title: Dali : the paintings. Translated from German
 
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Stephen Sondheim : a life
Alternative Names
Beveridge, Meryle Secrest.

Doman, June Meryle

Meryle Secrest American biographer

Meryle Secrest Amerikaans auteur

Meryle Secrest US-amerikanische Autorin und Journalistin

Secrest Beveridge, Meryle

Languages
English (185)

German (8)

Italian (7)

French (6)

Spanish (5)

Dutch (2)

Chinese (1)

Czech (1)

Covers
Stephen Sondheim : a lifeSomewhere for me : a biography of Richard RodgersLeonard Bernstein : a lifeModigliani : a lifeDuveen : a life in art