Hard to believe, but new releases are few and far between again — a sign that bookstores will start concentrating on re-stocking what's already been shipped rather than be standing by for new product. Here's some of what's left in the warehouses...
A Life of Picasso: The Triumphant Years, 1917-1932 by John Richardson
Drawing upon his close friendship with Picasso, his own diaries, and the collaboration with Picasso's widow Jacqueline, Richardson makes the most of his up-close and personal scholarship — he lived in France where he became friends with Picasso, Braque, Léger, and Cocteau, and embarked on an analytic study of Picasso’s portraits — by applying a breadth and depth of knowledge for a comprehensive and revealing biography of incisiveness and subtlety.
The Triumphant Years, the third volume of Richardson's multi-volume set, takes us through Picasso's middle years in Italy, Spain and France. He meets such artists as poet/filmmaker Jean Cocteau in Rome, works together on materials for Sergei Diaghilev's 1917 ballet, Parade, while forming an emotional roller-coaster friendship with musician Erik Satie. Picasso’s flirtation with the Russian dancer Olga Khokhlova ultimately results in a rocky marriage — the birth of their son Paulo in 1921 does nothing to halt Picasso's affairs with other women. And so it went. Often downhill. But through it all, Richardson keeps tabs on Picasso's art in relation to his always-unstable personal life.
The Letters of Noel Coward by Noel Coward, Edited by Barry Day
“Alas, I missed the Beaux Arts Ball, and what is twice as sad
I was never at a party where they honored Noel Ca-ad”
--“The Lady is a Tramp,” by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart
As a playwright, actor, composer, librettist, lyricist, director, painter, writer, and cabaret singer, the urbane and witty Noel Coward led an overachiever’s life packed into 74 years, from 1899 to 1973. He not only knew everybody who was anybody in the theater, movies, and literature, on both sides of the Atlantic, he kept in constant contact. Everyone from Tallulah Bankhead to T.E. Lawrence, everything from his activities as a World War II British spy to production notes of his plays — The Letters of Noel Coward, to and from, composes an enticing and wide-ranging illustration not just of the man, but of the times, culture, and society he lived in.