The Fountain Of St. James Court; Or, Portrait Of The Artist As An Old Woman: A Novel

Paperback | September 17, 2013 | Large Print

bySena Jeter Naslund

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New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the artistic processes and lives of creative women in her groundbreaking literary opus The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.

Sena Jeter Naslund's inspiring novel-within-a-novel depicts the lives of both a fictional contemporary writer and a historic painter whose works now hang in the great museums of Europe and America.

The story opens at midnight beside a beautifully illumined fountain of Venus Rising from the Sea. Kathryn Callaghan has just finished her novel about painter Élisabeth Vigée-LeBrun, a survivor of the French Revolution hated for her sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Though still haunted by the story she has written, Kathryn must leave the eighteenth-century European world she has researched and made vivid in order to return to her own life as an American in 2012.

Naslund's spellbinding new novel presents the reader with an alternate version of The Artist: a woman of age who has created for herself, against enormous odds, a fulfilling life of thoroughly realized achievement.

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New York Times bestselling author Sena Jeter Naslund explores the artistic processes and lives of creative women in her groundbreaking literary opus The Fountain of St. James Court; or Portrait of the Artist as an Old Woman.Sena Jeter Naslund's inspiring novel-within-a-novel depicts the lives of both a fictional contemporary writer and...

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Midnight on St. James Court, at the heart of which is a foun­tain sculpture of Venus rising from the sea. Kathryn Callaghan has finished the first draft of her novel about Élisabeth Vigée-Le Brun, a survivor of the French Revolution who was hated for her ­sympathetic portraits of Marie Antoinette. Kathryn remains haunted by Élisabeth's...

Sena Jeter Naslund is a cofounder and program director of the Spalding University (Louisville) brief-residency MFA in Writing, where she editsThe Louisville Reviewand Fleur-de-Lis Press. A winner of the Harper Lee Award and the Southeastern Library Association Fiction award, she is the author of eight previous works of fiction, includi...

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Format:Paperback | Large PrintDimensions:672 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.34 inPublished:September 17, 2013Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:006227838X

ISBN - 13:9780062278388

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“[U]nexpectedly addictive. Naslund once again creates memorable characters, surprising scenarios and astute notions on living life with intention.”