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Haussmann, or the Distinction

by Paul La Farge Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 18, 2014)

A stunning, imaginative novel about the great architect of Paris

Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who demolished and rebuilt Paris in the middle of the nineteenth century, was the first urbanist of the modern...


Godard

by Colin MacCabe Farrar, Straus and Giroux (February 18, 2014)

Jean-Luc Godard's early films revolutionized the language of cinema. Hugely prolific in his first decade--Breathless, Contempt, Pierrot le Fou, Alphaville, and Made in USA are just a handful of the seminal works...


American Mirror: The Life and Art of Norman Rockwell

by Deborah Solomon Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 05, 2013)

A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR

A FINALIST FOR THE LOS ANGELES TIMES BOOK PRIZE IN BIOGRAPHY AND SHORTLISTED FOR THE PEN/JACQUELINE BOGRAD WELD AWARD FOR BIOGRAPHY

"Welcome to Rockwell Land,"...


Breakfast with Lucian

by Geordie Greig Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 22, 2013)

An insider's account—the first of its kind—of the thoroughly unconventional life of one of the twentieth century's most shockingly original painters

Lucian Freud's paintings are instantly recognizable: often...


Chuck Amuck

by Chuck Jones, Matt Groening & Steven Spielberg Farrar, Straus and Giroux (December 03, 1999)

The illustrated classic, complete with a new preface by Matt Groening.

Winner of three Academy Awards and numerous other prizes for his animated films, Chuck Jones is the director of scores of famous Warner Bros....


Lucia Joyce

by Carol Loeb Shloss Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 01, 2005)

"Whatever spark or gift I possess has been transmitted to Lucia and it has kindled a fire in her brain." —James Joyce, 1934

Most accounts of James Joyce's family portray Lucia Joyce as the mad daughter of...


The Hare with Amber Eyes (Illustrated Edition)

by Edmund De Waal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 13, 2012)

The definitive illustrated edition of the international bestseller

Two hundred and sixty-four Japanese wood and ivory carvings, none of them larger than a matchbox: Edmund de Waal was entranced when he first...


Arshile Gorky

by Hayden Herrera Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 03, 2005)

From the Author of Frida, the Moving and Heroic Story of One of the Central Painters of the Twentieth Century

Born in Turkey around 1900, Vosdanik Adoian escaped the massacres of Armenians in 1915 only to watch...


Thomas Hart Benton

by Justin Wolff Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 13, 2012)

Born in Missouri at the end of the nineteenth century, Thomas Hart Benton would become the most notorious and celebrated painter America had ever seen. The first artist to make the cover of Time, he was a true...


The Hare with Amber Eyes

Ondaatje Prize 2011

by Edmund De Waal Farrar, Straus and Giroux (August 31, 2010)

The Ephrussis were a grand banking family, as rich and respected as the Rothschilds, who "burned like a comet" in nineteenth-century Paris and Vienna society. Yet by the end of World War II, almost the only...


Becoming Modern

by Carolyn Burke Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 25, 1996)

The poet and visual artist Mina Loy has long had an underground reputation as an exemplary avant-gardist. Born in London of mixed Jewish and English parentage, and a much photographed beauty, she moved in the...


Giacometti

by James Lord Farrar, Straus and Giroux (October 30, 1997)

The work of one of the towering creative spirits of the century, Alberto Giacometti's visionary sculptures and paintings from a testament to the artist's intriguing life story. From modest beginnings in a Swiss...


Mythic Giacometti

by James Lord Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 02, 2004)

The Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti (1901-66) was arguably the greatest sculptor of the twentieth century. He was also--as James Lord persuasively argued in Giacometti: A Biography--a heroic figure whose vocation...


The Legendary Mizners

by Alva Johnston & Reginald Marsh Farrar, Straus and Giroux (June 25, 2003)

The real-life adventures of Addison and Wilson Mizner, the subjects of the Stephen Sondheim musical Gold!

Alva Johnston's joint biography of Addison and Wilson Mizner is a delightful portrait of two of the early...


De Kooning's Bicycle

Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Biography 2004

by Robert Long Farrar, Straus and Giroux (November 16, 2005)

Some of the twentieth century's most important artists and writers--from Jackson Pollock to Saul Steinberg, Frank O'Hara to Jean Stafford--lived and worked on the East End of Long Island years before it assumed...


The Light Years

by Chris Rush Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 02, 2019)

The Light Years is a joyous and defiant coming-of-age memoir set during one of the most turbulent times in American history

"This stunningly beautiful, original memoir is driven by a search for the divine, a...


Pagan Light

by Jamie James Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 19, 2019)

"Pagan Light is mesmerizing. Every detail is compelling. I felt I was reading a family history of a family far more interesting than mine." --Edmund White, author of Our Young Man

A rich, intimate embrace of...


Hirschfeld

by Ellen Stern Farrar, Straus and Giroux (April 10, 2018)

Al Hirschfeld knew everybody and drew everybody. He occupied the twentieth century, and illustrated it. Hirschfeld: The Biography is the first portrait of his life—as spirited as his distinctive pen-and-ink...


You Say to Brick

by Wendy Lesser Farrar, Straus and Giroux (March 14, 2017)

Born in Estonia 1901 and brought to America in 1906, the architect Louis Kahn grew up in poverty in Philadelphia. By the time of his mysterious death in 1974, he was widely recognized as one of the greatest...


Eye of the Sixties

by Judith E. Stein Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 12, 2016)

In 1959, Richard Bellamy was a witty, poetry-loving beatnik on the fringe of the New York art world who was drawn to artists impatient for change. By 1965, he was representing Mark di Suvero, was the first to...


Van Gogh's Ear

by Bernadette Murphy Farrar, Straus and Giroux (July 12, 2016)

The best-known and most sensational event in Vincent van Gogh’s life is also the least understood. For more than a century, biographers and historians seeking definitive facts about what happened on a December...


Arnold Schoenberg's Journey

by Allen Shawn Farrar, Straus and Giroux (January 19, 2016)

A composer's study and celebration of a difficult but influential artist, his work, and his time

Proposing that Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951) has been more discussed than heard, more tolerated than loved, composer...