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The Velveteen Daughter (Paperback)

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This is a brilliant work that gently recounts the history of Margery Williams Bianco and her family, most specifically her wildly talented and troubled daughter, Pamela. An art prodigy at a crazy early age, encouraged by Pablo Picasso,  unabashedly promoted by her father,  Pamela’s life is consumed by painting and routinely derailed from normalcy.  Her mother, Margery,  and references to The Velveteen Rabbit ‘s question, ‘what is real’, serve as her compass at several life crises. Touted as a novel, Huber’s thorough research and easy writing style reads like a page-turning memoir. 

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The Velveteen Daughter reveals for the first time the true story of two remarkable women: Margery Williams Bianco, the author of one of the most beloved children's books of all time, The Velveteen Rabbit, and her daughter Pamela, a world-renowned child prodigy artist whose fame at one time greatly eclipses her mother's. But celebrity at such an early age exacts a great toll. Pamela's dreams elude her as she struggles with severe depressions, an overbearing father, an obsessive love affair, and a spectacularly misguided marriage. Throughout, her life raft is her mother. The glamorous art world of Europe and New York in the early 20th century and a supporting cast of luminaries--Eugene O'Neill and his wife Agnes (Margery's niece), Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney, and Richard Hughes, author of A High Wind in Jamaica--provide a vivid backdrop to the Biancos' story. From the opening pages, the novel will captivate readers with its multifaceted and resonates with its multifaceted and illuminating observations on art, family, and the consequences of genius touched by madness.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781631521928
ISBN-10: 1631521926
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication Date: July 11th, 2017
Pages: 416
Language: English