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David Michaelis has done an extraordinary amount of research, and the book should mesmerize Wyeth fans. But he seems to doubt his own ability to make this dramatic material come alive, for he resorts to false suspense--using a baby's death and the suggestion of foul play on page 1 to hook the reader, but nearly 200 pages later allows that there's not really any evidence for his conjectures. And he liberally employs italics, giving the text an insistent tone that is at times intrusive. Nonetheless, Michaelis adroitly chronicles Wyeth's complicated, fraught relationship with his family. And he is especially perceptive in his analysis of N.C.'s stormy ties to his mentor, Howard Pyle. The artist's genteel inability to talk money, even during the Depression; his devotion to his neurotic mother; and the magical world of Chadd's Ford, where he watchfully, jealously raised his children, are all beautifully described. This is a valuable, multifaceted look at a passionate, difficult subject. In the end, Wyeth emerges, warts and all, as a complex individual, whose inner life was thoroughly entwined with every aspect of his art. --Peggy Moorman
I see a lot of myself in some of N. C. Wyeth's personality. He was very sensitive in a lot of ways. This is a very interesting book and he was an amazing artist.Published 9 months ago by Renae Baker
Michaelis is an excellent biographer leading the reader to places that lets them make their own decisions about the fame and every day life of the Wyeth family.Published 13 months ago by jgirl
The most thorough book to date on the life of artist N.C. Wyeth. The author gives a good historic and concise telling of the artist's family lineage. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Paul Simone
Very interesting reading as I had no idea of his background and life. An important addition to any serious "Wyeth" devotee's library.Published 16 months ago by Lorraine P. Zigman
A must read for any NC Wyeth fan. A very well done biography of a complex man and his times!Published on August 9, 2013 by Tom Schwamb
I got this book from the library as I adore N.C.Wyeth's stuff. I've read most of it, and it's got a lot of detail on his development as an artist, his "graduation" from the Pyle... Read morePublished on May 7, 2013 by J. Thomas
NCW was a genius, and this biography is well-written. The story of his family is compelling, and even stranger than most family stories. Read morePublished on January 11, 2013 by Bozemaniac