Gluck, 1895-1978: Her Biography

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She was born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895 into the family that founded the J. Lyons & Co. catering firm. She had passionate affairs with society women, chose her own monosyllabic name and only exhibited her paintings in 'one man' shows. Her torrid personal life shocked her family, though the money she received from them allowed her to live in style. In the 1920s and '30s Gluck's portraits, flower paintings and landscapes, set in frames she designed and patented, were coveted by the rich and famous. At the height of her fame she stopped working, caught in a bitter campaign over the quality of artists' materials. Then, when nearly eighty, she returned to the limelight with a burst of creative energy. In this book Diana Souhami interweaves the pictures, people and events that made up Gluck's life.

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'Diana Souhami is a remarkable biographer.' Sunday Tribune Gluck was born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895 into the family that founded the J. Lyons & Co. catering empire. She was a rebel. She dressed as a man in clothes designed by Victor Stiebel and Elsa Schiaparelli, she had passionate love affairs with society women, chose her own monosyllabic name, acknowledged no influence in her painting and exhibited her work only in 'one man' shows. Diana Souhami interweaves the pictures, people and events that made up Gluck's life, in this wonderful biography which received great critical acclaim when it was first published.

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Diana Souhami is the author of many widely acclaimed books, and she has also written plays for radio and television. She is presently working on a book about Alexander Selkirk, the inspiration for Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe.

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