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Dangerous Muse: The Life of Lady Caroline Blackwood (2001)

by Nancy Schoenberger

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You can see her dark-eyed beauty in photos by Walker Evans, and her bewitching figure in paintings by Lucian Freud. She is the mermaid of whom poet Robert Lowell writes in The Dolphin (and he was clutching her portrait when he died). She was Lady Caroline Blackwood, legendarily witty and alluring but also a legendary drunk. Raised an heiress to the Guinness fortune, Blackwood (1931-1996) moved easily among the aristocracy, the bohemians of postwar England and the liberal intelligentsia of 1960s New York. She has been called a muse to genius-though her marriages to Lucian Freud, the composer Israel Citkowitz, and Robert Lowell were as troubled as they were inspiring-and she was an author herself, short-listed for the Booker Prize in 1977. In this first biography of Blackwood, Nancy Schoenberger deftly paints a complex woman who was captivating to her dying day.

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"Caroline Blackwood was born into the Guiness family in 1931, the daughter of the 4th Marquess and Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava. Brought up on the ancestral estate in Northern Ireland, Blackwood moved easily among the Anglo-Irish aristocracy, the Soho bohemians of post-war England and the liberal intelligentsia of 1960s New York. She was on intimate terms with some of the most celebrated artists and writers of her time. An unpredictable beauty known for her wit and her courage, she has been called a muse to genius. But her marriages to three brilliant men - the painter Lucian Freud, the composer Israel Citkowitz, and the poet Robert Lowell - were as troubled as they were inspiring." "In this biography Nancy Schoenberger draws on material gleaned from Caroline Blackwood's mother Maureen Dufferin, with whom Caroline had a tempesturous relationship throughout her life, and from friends and family, including Andrew Harvey, Jonathan Raban, John Richardson and Caroline's sister Perdita Blackwood. The first biography of Caroline Blackwood, Dangerous Muse contains letters and photographs which have never before been published."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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