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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ecco; Reprint edition (November 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0880015764
  • ISBN-13: 978-0880015769
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

For a book who's title includes the word confessions it seems a bit reserved.
hester
Very easy to read and packed with interesting art gossip of the time, Peggy really makes it work and brings to life many of the artists of her time.
C. Templeton
This is a book you do not want to finish, you constantly wish that as you progress in your reading as the book will unfold in more pages.
AZodrow@aol.com or Marialuisa Zodrow

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By AZodrow@aol.com or Marialuisa Zodrow on January 22, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is a book you do not want to finish, you constantly wish that as you progress in your reading as the book will unfold in more pages. It does not happen. What a life story, full of art and style. What a charming book, simple and direct. Easy to read but so full of references to the Art of this Century. Peggy lived and tell the life of a brilliant collector not only of art pieces but of emotions and feelings. To me this is one of the best books of the year. It goes on top of DV by Diana Vreeland on my nightstand.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 8, 2000
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Peggy was a trip. She also apparently had no editor, or so it seems, which adds to the air of entitlement and oblique charm that permeates this book. Her accounts are interesting historically, though PG's slant on history is sometimes its own beast. This is a quick read and some of her observations will make you laugh out loud ("I was worried about my virginity--I was twenty-three and I found it burdensome..."), while others are chilling, especially the question of which Jews she deemed worthy of her efforts to help them get to the States. This may be more entertaining than informative, but it's both.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Darwin Mayr Wilson on August 24, 2000
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Here's the story of a woman that knew them all, felt the earth move under her feet with many of them, and bought their art for pretty much nothing. She recognized them when they were starting, and this makes her a Princess. This book is her equivalent to Gore Vidal's "Palimpsest" and Lillian Hellman's "Pentimento". This is one of those books that almost transports you to a long gone era, and makes you wish you could have been there to see it all.
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Shortened and censored book of the true autobiography of Peggy Guggenheim titled "Out of this Century : Confessions of an Art Addict" at the moment - 30 august 2013 - not available to Kindle readers.
The very similar title is misleading and I suggest not to read it.
While the full autobiography "Out of this Century: Confessions of an Art Addict" is really enjoyable, full of wit and very open about her private life so strongly interwoven with her activity of collector, this shortened version looks like a flat puritan resumè.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GG on September 11, 2011
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My husband and I recently visited The Guggenheim museum in Venice and I was facinated with the museum , I wanted to read more about Peggy Guggenheim. I wish I had read the book before going, it is historical and gives good perspective on art.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jason W. Marchmon on August 18, 2005
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Guggenheim doesn't seem to gilt her "Confessions" in velvet (or gold); she comes across as an honest soul wanting to relate her experiences--an influences--in the art world. Some of the things mentioned are her childhood, her marriages, Max Ernst, Brancusi, Kandinsky, Pollock, and Motherwell (to name but a few). Worth a read... and another read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a-z shopper on April 22, 2013
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I really wanted the unedited version. I enjoyed this book but half way through realized there was hardly any sex mentioned. Peggy edited it out at some point and this is that post-edit version. That makes it a bit dull, especially for a beach read which is all this book is good for, it's very light. I want the dirt!
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10 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Irina Iacobescu on March 31, 2006
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I became curious about Peggy Guggenheim, when last year, I visited her former home - Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, on the Grand Canal in Venice. Now a beautiful and exciting museum, made up of a great collection of paintings and sculptures.
I was very impressed by the famous artists I found there - Dali, Picasso, Max Ernst, Brancusi are just a few names. So I thought that such a woman must have had an interesting life.

But I have to say that the autobigraphy she wrote has no literary value whatsoever. Instead, it is a very honest, uninhibited story of a life dedicated to collecting pieces of art and their authors. Her motto was "buy one paiting per day" and she got much of the fame for her many affairs with artists. However, the efforts she made to promote XXth century art, by organizing exhibitions and art galleries can only be laudable.

A definite non conformist, she decided to quit college and left for Europe, where most of the American literary "nomads" of the time were going. Bohemian life style suited her perfectly. The vivid literary and artistic life in London and Paris, made her fall in love with these places.

I can only say "chapeau" to such a woman who was neither an artist, nor a critic, but loved art and artists, and who spent all her fortune to create what is today the most important museum in Italy for European and American art of the first half of the 20th century.

The story flows nicely and I also got the chance to find out a lot of interesting details about famous artists. The book can only be a pleasant and light reading on an intercontinental flight or on your coming soon vacation.
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