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Barbara Goldsmith (1931–2016)

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Barbara Goldsmith was born Barbara Joan Lubin on May 18, 1931 in Manhattan, New York. She received a bachelor's degree in English and art history from Wellesley College in 1953. After college, she worked for Art News as a critic before becoming an editor at Woman's Home Companion, where she created visa mer an entertainment section. Later, she worked at Town and Country, where she started a series called The Creative Environment, for which she interviewed important figures in the arts. She wrote for The New York Herald Tribune and then became one of the founding editors of New York magazine. She was a senior editor at Harper's Bazaar in the early 1970s, but soon left to write the novel The Straw Man. Her account of the 1934 custody battle over Gloria Vanderbilt entitled Little Gloria ¿ Happy at Last was published in 1980 and was turned into an NBC mini-series in 1982. Her other non-fiction works included Johnson v. Johnson; Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull; and Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie. She died from heart failure on June 26, 2016 at the age of 85. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre

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Andra namn
Lubin, Barbara Joan (birth)
New York, New York, USA
Manhattan, New York, USA
heart failure
New York, New York, USA
New Rochelle, New York, USA
East Hampton, New York, USA
Wellesley College
Columbia University
Perry, Frank (husband)
New York Public Library, trustee
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
PEN, trustee
Priser och utmärkelser
Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit, Republic of Poland 2009
3 Emmy awards for "Little Gloria - Happy at Last" and "Bacall and the Boys"
New York Public Library Literary Lion
Author's Guild Award for Distinguished Literary Achievement 2007
National Archives Award
Kort biografi
Barbara Goldsmith was born in New York City. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree from Wellesley College, after which she took art courses at Columbia University. Her first assignments as a journalist were in the art field, and then she wrote a series of prize-winning profiles of Hollywood stars such as Clark Gable, Cary Grant, Joan Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn. In 1967, she became a founding editor and writer of New York Magazine, for which she wrote about art and colorful figures in the art world. Tom Wolfe called her one of the originators of the New Journalism movement. Goldsmith wrote “Bacall and the Boys, ” a 1968 television special about Lauren Bacall in Paris with the young designers Yves St. Laurent and Giorgio Armani, which won her an Emmy award.

Her first book, a novel called The Straw Man (1975), was a bestseller. It was followed by Little Gloria...Happy At Last (1980), a nonfiction account of the 1930s custody battle for Gloria Vanderbilt, which was another bestseller and was adapted into both a film and a television mini-series. Her book on the the bitter family feud behind the lawsuit of Johnson vs. Johnson (1987), also was a bestseller. Other Powers: The Age of Suffrage, Spiritualism and the Scandalous Victoria Woodhull, was published in 1998, and Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie, came out in 2005.



What a great read! Victoria Woodhull was Cornelius Vanderbilt's lover, a spiritualist, and the first woman to run for President of the United States. It doesn't get juicier than that.
MylesKesten | 4 andra recensioner | Jan 23, 2024 |
Obsessive Genius: The Inner World of Marie Curie by Barbara Goldsmith purports to tell the real story behind the mythical woman. Goldsmith was able to access new materials including Curie's letters and other papers, many of which had been sequestered because they were radioactive. She also interviewed family members and friends. The portrait she paints is not at all flattering but perhaps not surprising. In a world where women were not welcome in the scientific world, she created a space for herself that she managed to keep even after Pierre died. But she did so, Goldsmith suggests, at the expense of her children, especially her youngest, Eve, who did not have the scientific inclinations of her older sister Irene.

I read a few Amazon reviews and agree with one reviewer: Goldsmith seems sympathetic to her subject at the beginning as she describes her childhood and her battle with depression. But, as the biography unfolds, she seems to like her subject less and less and that attitude may color the later stages of the book as she delves into Curie's private life beyond the laboratory.

I read this for the CATWoman July book: women in science. It had been sitting on the shelf for awhile and for someone who had little or no knowledge about Curie beyond what Goldsmith would call the myth, it was an introduction and an easy read. I don't think I need to explore Curie any further and can only half-heartedly recommend the book.
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witchyrichy | 10 andra recensioner | Jul 15, 2022 |
Gloria Vanderbilt died June 17, 2019 aged 95 of stomach cancer with her son Anderson Cooper at her side. Her third son, Anderson's older brother Carter, committed suicide in front of her in happy at last was still rocky.
Karen74Leigh | 3 andra recensioner | Sep 24, 2019 |
Just what I wanted to know about Curie, this is a quick and clear study of the woman at the heart of her own mythology. Worth it for the description of her daughters alone.
Eoin | 10 andra recensioner | Jun 3, 2019 |



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