Lee Miller: A Life by Carolyn BurkeLee Miller: A Life by Carolyn Burke

Lee Miller: A Life

byCarolyn Burke

Paperback | April 23, 2007

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Lee Miller’s life embodied all the contradictions and complications of the twentieth century: a model and photographer, muse and reporter, sexual adventurer and domestic goddess, she was also America's first female war correspondent. Carolyn Burke, a biographer and art critic, here reveals how the muse who inspired Man Ray, Cocteau, and Picasso could be the same person who unflinchingly photographed the horrors of Buchenwald and Dachau. Burke captures all the verve and energy of Miller’s life: from her early childhood trauma to her stint as a Vogue model and art-world ingénue, from her harrowing years as a war correspondent to her unconventional marriages and passion for gourmet cooking. A lavishly illustrated story of art and beauty, sex and power, Modernism and Surrealism, Lee Miller illuminates an astonishing woman’s journey from art object to artist.
Carolyn Burke has taught at Princeton and the University of California at Santa Cruz, among other universities in France, the U.S., and Australia. She is the author of Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy.
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Title:Lee Miller: A LifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:446 pages, 9.25 × 6 × 1.2 inPublished:April 23, 2007Publisher:University of Chicago PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0226080676

ISBN - 13:9780226080673

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Table of Contents

Contents
 
Introduction xi
 
Part One: Elizabeth
 
1. A Poughkeepsie Girlhood (1907-15)
2. Never Jam Today (1915-25)
3. Circulating Around (1925-26)
4. Being in Vogue (1926-29)
 
Part Two: Miss Lee Miller
 
5. Montparnasse with Man Ray (1929-30)
6. La Femme Surrealiste (1930-32)
7. The Lee Miller Studio in Manhattan (1932-34)
 
Part Three: Madame Eloui Bey
 
8. Egypt (1934-37)
9. Surrealist Encampments (Summer 1937)
10. The Egyptian Complex (1937-39)
 
Part Four: Lee Miller, War Correspondent
 
11. London in the Blitz (1939-44)
12. Covering the War in France (1944-45)
13. Covering the War in Germany (1945)
14. Postwar (1945-46)
 
Part Five: Lady Penrose
 
15. Patching Things Up (1946-50)
16. A Double Life (1950-61)
17. A Second Fame (1961-71)
18. Retrospectives (1971-77)
 
Afterword
 
Appendix: A Lee Miller Dinner for Eight
Notes
Bibliography
Acknowledgments
Index

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"[This] impeccably written and researched book is surely a state-of-the-art biogrpahy."