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Secrest, Meryle

Works: 66 works in 284 publications in 9 languages and 12,912 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Biographies  History  Biographical television programs  Documentary television programs  Documentary films  Autobiographies  Biographical films  Nonfiction films  Nonfiction television programs 
Roles: Author
Classifications: NA737.W7, B
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Most widely held works by Meryle Secrest
Frank Lloyd Wright by Meryle Secrest( Book )

34 editions published between 1922 and 1998 in English and Undetermined and held by 2,016 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The widely admired biographer of Bernard Berenson and of Kenneth Clark gives us now a complete and complex portrait of an American titan, Frank Lloyd Wright. Meryle Secrest shows us Frank Lloyd Wright in full scale - the brilliant, outrageous, fascinating man; the giant who changed modern architecture; the standard-bearer for the new, quintessentially American vision; the artist who never, during a seventy-year career, abandoned his principles of design; the radical, the
Stephen Sondheim : a life by Meryle Secrest( Book )

19 editions published between 1998 and 2011 in English and held by 1,530 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 )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2002 in English and held by 1,345 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

16 editions published between 1994 and 1997 in 3 languages and held by 1,227 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
Salvador Dalí by Meryle Secrest( Book )

42 editions published between 1986 and 2004 in 6 languages and held by 1,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Spaanse schilder Salvador Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domenech (1904- )
Being Bernard Berenson : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

30 editions published between 1979 and 1991 in 5 languages and held by 974 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a biography of Bernard Berenson, an American art historian specializing in the Renaissance. He wrote The Italian Painters of the Renaissance and was a major figure in the attribution of Old Masters. He was born in Lithuania in 1865 but his family emigrated to Boston in 1875 where he would go on to study at Harvard. Eventually he was chief advisor to art dealer Joseph Durveen, and helped amass the collections of Kress, Mellon, and other tycoons. There is speculation that he and Duveen were less than honorable in some of their dealings, pocketing quite a profit for themselves
Modigliani : a life by Meryle Secrest( Book )

12 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in 3 languages and held by 940 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
Elsa Schiaparelli : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

16 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and Norwegian and held by 725 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"--
Between me and life; a biography of Romaine Brooks by Meryle Secrest( Book )

10 editions published between 1974 and 1976 in English and held by 708 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 685 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
Duveen : a life in art by Meryle Secrest( Book )

17 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 680 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
Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 217 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Frank Lloyd Wright by Ken Burns( Visual )

1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Uses interviews and archival footage to tell the story of the melodramatic life and stunning architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright. Discusses some of the 800+ buildings designed by Wright, including the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Building, Fallingwater, Unity Temple, and Taliesin. Examines how Wright's buildings and ideas changed the way we live, work, and see the world around us. Documents the turbulence of Wright's personal life, including his three marriages, financial troubles, and many scandals
Frank Lloyd Wright( Visual )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and held by 62 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A two part documentary portrait of the life and work of architecture giant Frank Lloyd Wright, a brilliant, arrogant figure unbowed by scandal and personal tragedy. Part 1 reviews his early personal life and the beginning of his career. Also presents Wright's early architectural creations in the terraced "prairie houses" built in suburban Chicago in the early 1900s, the Larkin Building in New York, the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., Taliesin East in Wisconsin and the Imperial Hotel in Japan
Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1986 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1984 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stephen Sondheim by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1999 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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

Leonard Bernstein : a life by Meryle Secrest( Recording )

2 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 18 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
Kenneth Clark : a biography by Meryle Secrest( Book )

1 edition published in 1985 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Britse kunsthistoricus Kenneth Clark (1903-1983)
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Stephen Sondheim : a life
Stephen Sondheim : a lifeSomewhere for me : a biography of Richard RodgersLeonard Bernstein : a lifeModigliani : a lifeDuveen : a life in artStephen Sondheim
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