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Clara and Mr. Tiffany


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ISBN13: 9781400068166
ISBN10: 1400068169
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Susan Vreeland is the New York Times bestselling author of five books, including Luncheon of the Boating Party, Life Studies, The Passion of Artemisia, The Forest Lover, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. She lives in San Diego.

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MountainGrandma, January 2, 2012 (view all comments by MountainGrandma)
Turns out that those stunning Tiffany lamps were actually designed and constructed by his Women's Workship. Think Camille Claudel. Think every anonymous female scientist, composer, artist or designer who has lovingly labored only to see her work appropriated by a man. Historically accurate ficton for anyone who is interested in women's history, history of New York City or the Tiffany legacy. Definitely recommended.
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mgreiner1, October 13, 2011 (view all comments by mgreiner1)
This is exactly the kind of historical fiction I love to read! A great love story (not a typical romance either), exposure to the culture of an era, and learn about the women artists of an era who don't appear in our art history texts. Wonderful!
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gaby317, April 14, 2011 (view all comments by gaby317)
In Clara and Mr. Tiffany, Susan Vreeland gives us a glimpse into New York City during the Gilded Age. The novel centers on Clara Driscoll a critically important designer in Louis Comfort Tiffany's Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. Clara designed many of the mosaics and the iconic Tiffany lamps at a time when women were afforded very few employment opportunities. Her work at Tiffany's gave her a chance to focus on art and appreciate beauty and gave her some financial independence but also required that she remain single. Tiffany only hired unmarried women - and once a woman married she had to leave the company.

We learn much about what it meant to live and work in America during this time. Vreeland weaves these facts in with such skill that the period and people become real. We read about the Chicago World's Fair, the use of electricity on the grounds, and the impact that Tiffany's stained glass windows had. We can picture the world through Clara's eyes, as she lives on Gramercy Park sharing a house with artists and writers. The Greenwich Village, the Lower East Side, the construction of the Flatiron Building, even Stanford White are all part of the narrative.

Clara and Mr. Tiffany combines art, history, American Studies and cultural history but more than anything it is a glimpse into the life of a brave, creative, and tenacious young woman. A fascinating and satisfying read - highly recommended!

ISBN-10: 1400068169 - Hardcover
Publisher: Random House (January 11, 2011), 432 pages.
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Vreeland, Susan
Random House
General Fiction
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Tiffany and Company - History
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Product details 432 pages Random House - English 9781400068166 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Vreeland (Luncheon of the Boating Party) again excavates the life behind a famous artistic creation--in this case the Tiffany leaded-glass lamp, the brainchild not of Louis Comfort Tiffany but his glass studio manager, Clara Driscoll. Tiffany staffs his studio with female artisans--a decision that protects him from strikes by the all-male union--but refuses to employ women who are married. Lucky for him, Clara's romantic misfortunes--her husband's death, the disappearance of another suitor--insure that she can continue to craft the jewel-toned glass windows and lamps that catch both her eye and her imagination. Behind the scenes she makes her mark as an artist and champion of her workers, while living in an eclectic Irving Place boarding house populated by actors and artists. Vreeland ably captures Gilded Age New York and its atmosphere--robber barons, sweatshops, colorful characters, ateliers--but her preoccupation with the larger historical story comes at the expense of Clara, whose arc, while considered and nicely told, reflects the times too closely in its standard-issue woman-behind-the-man scenario. (Jan.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , The "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Girl in Hyacinth Blue"creates a dynamic portrait of Clara Driscoll: lead designer for Louis Comfort Tiffany (famous for Tiffany lamps) and a woman conflicted between her desires for artistic recognition and romantic love.
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