Janet Hobhouse was raised in New York City and attended Oxford University. Her mother and grandmothers were both sculptors. She first won wide attention with her 1976 biography of Gertrude Stein, Everybody Who Was Anybody. She also wrote The Bride Stripped Bare, a study of the female nude in art. Ms. Hobhouse was also critically acclaimed for her novels -- Nellie Without Hugo (1982), Dancing in the Dark (1983), and November (1986). The Furies (1992), a semi-autobiographical novel, was published posthumously. She died at age 42 from cancer.