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Matisse: The Life


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Hilary Spurling was born in 1940. She is the author of numerous biographies, including Ivy When Young: The Early Life of Ivy Compton-Burnett 1884-1919; Paul Scott: A Life; a two-volume biography of Matisse, The Unknown Matisse and Matisse the Master (also published in the abridged single-volume Matisse: The Life); and Burying the Bones. She won the Rose Mary Crawshay Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize for Ivy When Young, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award for Matisse the Master, and the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Burying the Bones. She grew up in Bristol and studied at the University of Oxford. From 1964 to 1970 she was theatre critic and literary editor of the Spectator, and since then she has been a regular book reviewer for the Observer and the Daily Telegraph. She lives in London with her husband, the playwright John Spurling, with whom she has three children. Her new book, Anthony Powell, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in October 2016.


Spurling at her brilliant best as passionate scholar, traveller and storyteller . . . Lavishly illustrated and lovingly well written'
* Daily Telegraph on 'The Unknown Matisse' *
An outstanding biography, as full of insights into the pictures as it is revealing about the man * The Times on 'Matisse the Master' *
Destined to remain the standard biography for a long time. Spurling has done better than anyone else at uncovering intimate information about Matisse * Guardian on 'Matisse the Master' *

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