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An edition of The Great Man (2007)

The great man

a novel

1st Anchor Books ed.
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This edition was published in by Anchor Books in New York.

Written in English

305 pages

From the acclaimed author of The Epicure's Lament, a novel of literary rivalry in which two competing biographers collide in their quest for the truth about a great artist.Oscar Feldman, the "Great Man," was a New York city painter of the heroic generation of the forties and fifties. But instead of the abstract canvases of the Pollocks and Rothkos, he stubbornly hewed to painting one subject--the female nude. When he died in 2001, he left behind a wife, Abigail, an autistic son, and a sister, Maxine, herself a notable abstract painter--all duly noted in the New York Times obituary.What no one knows is that Oscar Feldman led an entirely separate life in Brooklyn with his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their twin daughters. As the incorrigibly bohemian Teddy puts it, "He couldn't live without a woman around. It was like water to a plant for him." Now two rival biographers, book contracts in hand, are circling around Feldman's life story, and each of these three women--Abigail, Maxine, and Teddy--will have a chance to tell the truth as they experienced it.The Great Man is a scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde--of the untidy truths, needy egos, and jostlings for position behind the glossy facade of artistic greatness. Not a pretty picture--but a provocative and entertaining one that incarnates the take-no-prisoners satirical spirit of Dawn Powell and Mary McCarthy.

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The Great Man
2008, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
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The great man: a novel
2008, Anchor Books
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The Great Man
August 12, 2008, Anchor
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The Great Man: A Novel
August 14, 2007, Doubleday
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The Great Man

a novel

First published in 2007



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From the acclaimed author of The Epicure's Lament, a novel of literary rivalry in which two competing biographers collide in their quest for the truth about a great artist.Oscar Feldman, the "Great Man," was a New York city painter of the heroic generation of the forties and fifties. But instead of the abstract canvases of the Pollocks and Rothkos, he stubbornly hewed to painting one subject--the female nude. When he died in 2001, he left behind a wife, Abigail, an autistic son, and a sister, Maxine, herself a notable abstract painter--all duly noted in the New York Times obituary.What no one knows is that Oscar Feldman led an entirely separate life in Brooklyn with his longtime mistress, Teddy St. Cloud, and their twin daughters. As the incorrigibly bohemian Teddy puts it, "He couldn't live without a woman around. It was like water to a plant for him." Now two rival biographers, book contracts in hand, are circling around Feldman's life story, and each of these three women--Abigail, Maxine, and Teddy--will have a chance to tell the truth as they experienced it.The Great Man is a scintillating comedy of life among the avant-garde--of the untidy truths, needy egos, and jostlings for position behind the glossy facade of artistic greatness. Not a pretty picture--but a provocative and entertaining one that incarnates the take-no-prisoners satirical spirit of Dawn Powell and Mary McCarthy.

Classifications

Library of Congress PS3553.H716 G74 2008
Dewey 813/.54

The great man

a novel

1st Anchor Books ed.

This edition was published in by Anchor Books in New York.


Edition Notes

"Winner Pen/Faulkner award"--P. 1 of cover.

Genre
Fiction.

Classifications

Dewey Decimal Class
813/.54
Library of Congress
PS3553.H716 G74 2008

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL19327909M
Internet Archive
greatmannovel00chri_0
ISBN 13
9780307277343
LC Control Number
2008273609
Library Thing
2490876
Goodreads
2233479

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