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Laura Claridge

Kirkus Reviews

“A thorough and intricately wrought critical biography. . . .Claridge delivers a nuanced and detailed account. . . .an astute biography.”

Sunday Times (London)

“The definitive round-up of de Lempicka’s ramshackle but riveting life.”

Publishers Weekly

“Even a reader with doubts (about Lempicka’s art) will be charmed by the eccentricities described in this feminist flavored, engrossing account.”

Irish Times

“Laura Claridge has discovered a lot more than anyone else about this indisputably remarkable woman.”

New York Times

“Lucid and interesting account of Lempicka’s life. ”

New Yorker

“Claridge brings tact and insight to the job of unpicking the embroidery with which this aristocratic Russian émigré adorned the facts of her life. . . .Lempicka wasn’t thoughtful, but Claridge is, and she usefully explores the nature of modernism and women painters’ place in it.”

Laura Claridge has written books ranging from feminist theory to biography and popular culture, most recently the story of an American icon, Emily Post: Daughter of the Gilded Age, Mistress of American Manners (Random House), for which she received a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. This project also received the J. Anthony Lukas Prize for a Work in Progress, administered by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

She has been a frequent writer and reviewer for the national press, appearing in such newspapers and magazines as The Wall Street Journal, Vogue, The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Her books have been translated into Spanish, German, and Polish. She has appeared frequently in the national media, including NBC, CNN, BBC, CSPAN, and NPR and such widely watched programs as the Today Show.

Laura Claridge’s biography of iconic publisher Blanche Knopf, The Lady with the Borzoi, will be published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux April, 2016.

Laura Claridge and her husband live in New York’s Hudson Valley.

Laura Claridge

Tamara de Lempicka:
A Life of Deco and Decadence


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