A personalized look at the life and times of James Abbott McNeill Whistler...


During the course of his work for the art patron, Frederick R. Leyland, a Liverpool ship owner, the following transpired:


"That gave the excitable Whistler a clear field.  Alone in the house he more than touched up the room with a little gold paint.  He let his imagination run wild with peacock feather designs on the ceiling, ornate peacocks in gilded paint on the shutters, and around the walls.


"Well, you know, I just painted on and on.  I went on - without design or sketch - putting in every touch with such freedom...And the harmony blue and gold developing, you know, I forgot everything in my joy of it."


And, most shockingly, he painted over the leather walls.


Now about those leather walls.  The leather had been bought by Thomas Jekyll at great expense to Mr. Leyland.  It had been part of the dowry of Catherine of Aragon who brought it from Spain.  It was richly embossed and trimmed, and important in its own right.


Whistler had covered all the visible rich antique Spanish leather completely with a thick coat of peacock blue paint."

For all the precious Margarets in your family...


This compelling story about the incredible Medieval Queen Margaret is just in time for wonderful spring, summer, fall or winter reading.

What better than to meet this modern feminist living in the 11th century.


Margaret makes her debut - moving into the 21st century - as fresh and enchanting as ever...so be the first to re-discover Margaret the Medieval Queen of Scotland so advanced for her place in history...


Our all time favorite...brilliant and beautiful Margaret

Happy Birthday to David Douglas Duncan!  Celebrating his 100th birthday, still going strong, living in Castellaras, France, and enjoying worldwide recognition. 


The accumulated vision of a matchless eye...from iconic wartime photos to intensely personal at-home images of Picasso at play and at work...much of Duncan's prolific body of work is archived and made available to the public through The Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin thanks to the foresight and generosity of Stanley Marcus.


This '81 Club paper, first presented in 2005, still reverberates with vitality, as accurate and interesting today as it was then.  Mr. Duncan'swork is a living history of war and the nomad life.

THE PEACOCK ROOM and

WHISTLER'S MOTHER

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DISCOVERING ALVIN

A MAN OF MARK AND MYSTERY

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DAVID DOUGLAS DUNCAN

PHOTOGRAPHER EXTRAORDINAIRE

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MADAME CURIE as

REIMAGINED BY LAUREN REDNISS

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"The photographic career of Alvin Langdon Coburn appears before our eyes like a brief time exposure through a fast lens."


He was an amazing modern photographer working a century ahead of his time, inventing cutting edge techniques along the way...all in the first 24 years of his life.  Then enjoy a full report of what came after that in the remaining 60 years.  It's an engrossing and fresh story.


Mrs. Marsh's paper explores the relationship between photography and fine art through the lens of the long forgotten photographer AlvinLangdon Coburn, who was born in 1882, with a nod along the way to the Spencer Art Reference Library and the cult of Freemasonry, and the current heralded fine art photographer Matthew Pillsbury.

For Young at Heart Readers
Ages 10 to 100


 Sparkling quick reads about history, art, and interesting people

Mini Quotes from amazon:


“Margaret Queen of Scotland is a wonderful read for all ages”

 “Marsh in her own graceful prose reminds us why we love Nora Ephron.”


 

Joan Marsh is a member of the ’81 Club of Kansas City, Missouri, which was formed in 1881 for the purpose of presenting scholarly papers to the membership, avoiding the forbidden topics of the Civil War, politics and religion. This series of papers presented over 25 years to the ’81 Club includes intimate looks at the life of Edna St. Vincent Millay, Madame Curie, Madame Chiang Kai-shek, Nora Ephron, David Douglas Duncan, Robert Edsel, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, and

Margaret Queen of Scotland

 known as the

 THRILLING READING LIVING VICARIOUSLY Series

The inspired creation of THE MONUMENTS MEN Foundation and the rescue and restoration of  millions of  the most important and iconic works of art stolen by the Nazis during World War II is gripping reading of the highest order.  And it is all TRUE!

 Thanks to the innovative thinking and powerful drive of Robert Edsel, treasure after treasure was saved from hidden caves and salt mines and box cars and returned to the civilized world.

This was the first time in history an army attempted to fight a war and at the same time reduce damage to cultural monuments and property.


Hello Mona Lisa!  It’s like visiting old friends who were welcomed back to the world by The Monuments Men and the US Army under General Dwight David Eisenhower.


 


 

MARGARET QUEEN OF SCOTLAND

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THE LAST EMPRESS

MADAME CHIANG KAI-SHEK

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The imaginative re-telling of the well known story of Marie and Pierre Curie, their passionate love, their passionate research, their brilliant discovery, blooms in the book Radioactive...Marie & Pierre Curie A Tale of Love and Fallout by Lauren Redniss.


Radioactivity had made the Curies immortal.  Now it was killing them.


Early on in our story, we are seeing the lack of fear as Marie and Pierre work to discover radium...not being afraid to be close to it, nor touch it, and treating it like a pet that might be cuddled and kept by Marie's pillow...so, it must be assumed, they did not yet sense the danger of it.


Marie wrote: "Crystals of barium chloride containing radium are colorless, but when the proportion of radium becomes greater, they have a yellow color...after some hours, verging on orange, and sometimes a beautiful pink."


Again we see her fearless enjoyment of the beauties of radium.


"The flame spectrum of radium contains two beautiful red bands, one line in the blue-green, and two faint lines in the violet."


And later...in the spring of 1910 a flush appeared over Marie's cheeks.  She pinned a flower to her dress.  She had taken a lover.


But then the magic of X-ray in wartime...

No longer were doctors performing blind exploratory surgeries on already damaged bodies.

A mini course in Russian history, amber history, Monuments Men, and the continuing mystery of what actually happened to the original Amber Room in the throes of World War II.  All news to the casual observer.


The Mystery unfolds...


While traveling with the Met along the Baltic's Amber Coast en route to St. Petersburg aboard Sea Cloud II use this mini volume to prep yourself on the story of "Amber."


Even though one wag said to me "Well, Amber isjust pine sap, you know" I have to say it is so so much more than pine sap!


Today, stepping inside the Amber Room in the Catherine Palace museum is like slipping into a fairy tale - it's an Aladdin's cave!


Discover for yourself the breathtaking beauty of glowing amber, cut and polished, coming to the light from its lumpy, dark, rough birth.


But as with many fairy tales, especially Russian ones, there is a dark side to the Amber Room too, a shadow of legend and open-ended mystery.


And so we embark together on the search for forever Amber.

THE SEARCH FOR

FOREVER AMBER

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SAYING GOOD BYE TO

NORA EPHRON

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​​​POETRY REVISITED
EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY
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Edna makes her debut   -  moving into the 21st century  - as fresh and saucy as ever!
              Be the first to re-discover
the distinguished and celebrated American poet
 Edna St. Vincent Millay
 whose lines

“My candle burns at both ends.

It cannot last the night.

But ah my foes and oh, my friends,

It gives a lovely light”

are still burning today with the same
lyrical urgency.

















Admirable...or notorious...moral or amoral...calculating and determined...charming and patriotic...Christian...all of those things, and more...


Madame Chiang Kai-shek...




ROBERT EDSEL and

THE MONUMENTS MEN

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Everyone loves Nora Ephron, right?  Especially her divine recipes.  Especially her clever movies.

Especially her joie di vivre.


This quick and easy to read paper is a sweeping mini-bio of Nora that slides gracefully into her last six years on this earth, when no one knew what was in store for her.


As Frank Rich wrote in New York Magazine "What doesn't matter is whether we got to say good-bye or not.  What does matter is that she was here for those she loved and those who loved her, and that now, while we were napping, she has gone."


#EVERYTHING IS COPY


 A treat is in store for her fans.


Exit Laughing...Nora Ephron's dramatic departure...and when we looked the other way, she left the room...


Nora is still with us...her humor and joie de vivre living on!

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