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Sweetman, David 1943-

Overview
Works: 39 works in 180 publications in 4 languages and 5,843 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biographies  Juvenile works  Fiction 
Roles: Author, Producer
Classifications: ND653.G7, B
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by David Sweetman
Van Gogh : his life and his art by David Sweetman( Book )

21 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,400 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A biography of the Dutch artist describing his spiritual beliefs, failed love affairs, and the madness that finally consumed him
Paul Gauguin : a life by David Sweetman( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and held by 1,045 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Everyone knows something about Paul Gauguin, but what do they really know? To many he is still the purveyor of the most seductive dream in Western art: the French stockbroker who abandoned his stultifyingly bourgeois family and career, traveling to the ends of the earth in search of a tropical Eden that he immortalized in some of the most beautiful paintings of the modern age. But there have always been other voices to challenge the myth, voices that speak of underage sex, of syphilis and colonial exploitation. Now, a hundred years after the artist's final departure from Europe, David Sweetman sets out all the evidence in a wide-ranging life that draws on a wealth of new research, to explore the sources of an art that speaks of love yet has its roots in the darker recesses of the human mind. This is a new view of Gauguin, revealing his origins in Peru in a family of anarchists and revolutionaries and examining his life with his youth placed in context. The book is set against the panoramic background of an era of rapid change, from the rise and fall of Napoleon III to the opening years of our century. At the same time, this superlative biography offers an intimate portrait of the age of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, an age brought vividly to life through a vibrant cast of characters--Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, van Gogh, Mucha, Debussy, Mallarmé, and Strindberg. Above all, it describes a life of unexpected twists and turns, moving from Gauguin's luxurious childhood in Peru, through his wartime adventures as a sailor, to his years as a financial speculator in Paris, before he plunged into art and traveled across the globe, finishing his days on a remote island in the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean. At the end Paul Gauguin became a drug addict and died of syphilis only days before he was to be thrown into prison, yet his art lives after him. How it should be judged in the light of its creator's extraordinary life is the challenge offered to readers of this comprehensive biography."--Dust jacket
Mary Renault : a biography by David Sweetman( Book )

18 editions published between 1993 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 952 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mary Renault wrote so sympathetically and with such candor about the male world of Ancient Greece and about love between men that many readers believed the best-selling author of The Last of the Wine, The King Must Die, and The Persian Boy must be a man. In reality, Mary Renault was the pseudonym for a surprising and intensely private woman, born Mary Challans in a genteel London suburb." "In this first biography, David Sweetman, who met and filmed Mary Renault for the BBC in 1981 and corresponded with her until her death in 1983, unravels the mystery of this unseen woman." "She began as a bookish, withdrawn child of disappointed parents and became a standard-bearer of the sexual revolution. She discovered scholarship at Oxford, in the days when women had only just been admitted, but abandoned the academic world for a nursing career. When, in 1947, she won an MGM award for $150,000, she embarked for South Africa with her lifelong companion, Julie Mullard, never to return to England. A revolutionary in sexual matters, she was accused of being politically reactionary; a passionate believer in Greek ideals of democracy and justice, she was among the first to join Black Sash, the women's movement that was in the forefront of the fight against apartheid, but over the years her disillusionment with radical politics led her to withdraw into a fictional world of her own creation." "With full access to Mary Renault's letters and papers and to the story of her long romance with Julie, David Sweetman reveals how, in its concerns, her life cannot be divorced from her fiction, combining a brilliantly textured picture of her life with a revealing analysis of the novels."--Jacket
Explosive acts : Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Félix Fénéon and the art & anarchy of the fin de siècle by David Sweetman( Book )

7 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 739 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Explores the life of Toulouse-Lautrec, his involvement "in a secret community of anarchist revolutionaries," his loyalty to Oscar Wilde, and his alliance to such outspoken social critics as Félix Fénéon.--Jacket
Women leaders in African history by David Sweetman( Book )

23 editions published between 1982 and 1995 in 3 languages and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Women have played a far more central role in Africa than the history books often suggest. Here are lively portraits of twelve key figures. Their periods of influence range from ancient Egypt to the colonial era. This book offers informative reading for secondary school and university students not only in Africa, but in the rest of the world. It will also have an appeal to the general audience interested in the role of women in history."--Back cover
Paul Gauguin : a complete life by David Sweetman( Book )

13 editions published between 1995 and 1996 in English and Undetermined and held by 301 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a new view of Gauguin, revealing his origins in Peru in a family of anarchists and revolutionaries and examining his life with his youth placed in context. The book is set against the panoramic background of an era of rapid change, from the rise and fall of Napoleon III to the opening years of our century. At the same time, this superlative biography offers an intimate portrait of the age of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists, an age brought vividly to life through a vibrant cast of characters - Manet, Monet, Renoir, Degas, Pissarro, van Gogh, Mucha, Debussy, Mallarme, and Strindberg. Above all, it describes a life of unexpected twists and turns, moving from Gauguin's luxurious childhood in Peru, through his wartime adventures as a sailor, to his years as a financial speculator in Paris, before he plunged into art and traveled across the globe, finishing his days on a remote island in the vast emptiness of the Pacific Ocean." "At the end Paul Gauguin became a drug addict and died of syphilis only days before he was to be thrown into prison, yet his art lives after him. How it should be judged in the light of its creator's extraordinary life is the challenge offered to readers of this comprehensive biography."--Jacket
Toulouse-Lautrec and the fin-de-siécle by David Sweetman( Book )

10 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in English and held by 227 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Looking into the deep end by David Sweetman( Book )

9 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Picasso by David Sweetman( Book )

2 editions published in 1973 in English and held by 60 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Queen Nzinga; the woman who saved her people by David Sweetman( Book )

4 editions published between 1971 and 1976 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Une vie de Vincent Van Gogh by David Sweetman( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1992 in French and Undetermined and held by 38 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A tribal fever by David Sweetman( Book )

4 editions published between 1996 and 1999 in French and English and held by 31 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The origin and development of the tower-house in Ireland by David Sweetman( Book )

7 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 28 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Bishop Crowther by David Sweetman( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Gauguin : biografía de un salvaje by David Sweetman( Book )

4 editions published in 1998 in Spanish and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les vies de Gauguin by David Sweetman( Book )

3 editions published in 1995 in French and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Patrice Lumumba by David Sweetman( Book )

3 editions published between 1978 and 1980 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Skyjack over Africa by David Sweetman( Book )

4 editions published between 1980 and 1995 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Van Gogh : his life and his art by David Sweetman( Recording )

1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Moyo Kids by David Sweetman( Book )

1 edition published in 1980 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Paul Gauguin : a life
Alternative Names
David Sweetman British writer

David Sweetman écrivain britannique

David Sweetman escritor británico

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スウィート, ディヴィッド

スウィートマン, デイヴィッド

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Mary Renault : a biographyExplosive acts : Toulouse-Lautrec, Oscar Wilde, Félix Fénéon and the art & anarchy of the fin de siècleWomen leaders in African historyPaul Gauguin : a complete lifeToulouse-Lautrec and the fin-de-siécleA tribal feverPaul Gauguin : biografía de un salvajeThe Moyo Kids