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Carol Bergman?s articles have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and online publications such as The New York Times and She has also published many short stories. Bergman teaches writing at New York University.


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  • Paperback: 162 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (December 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595403824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595403820
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,094,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Carol Bergman's short stories, poems, and creative nonfiction have been published in Willow Review, Onion Review, A Room of One's Own, Absinthe Literary Review, The Bridge, Potpourri, Epiphany and many other publications in the US and the UK. "Objects of Desire," appearing in Lilith and Whetstone Literary Review was nominated for a 1999 Pushcart Prize in nonfiction. "Another Day in Paradise; International Humanitarian Workers Tell Their Stories," with a foreword by John le Carré, was published by Orbis Books (US/​Canada) and Earthscan Books (UK/​Commowealth) in October, 2003 and was nominated for the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize. It has been translated into Korean and Chinese. Her feature articles, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in numerous publications in the UK and the US including The New York Times, The Times (of London), The Christian Science Monitor, The Daily News Magazine, The Amsterdam News, Newsday, Cosmopolitan, Woman's World, Family Circle, Art Times, Cineaste, and She is the author of two film biographies (Mae West & Sidney Poitier) and the ghostwriter of Captain Kangaroo's autobiography, "Growing Up Happy." A memoir, "Searching for Fritzi," was originally published in 1999 and has recently been updated and revised as an e book. A book of novellas, "Sitting for Klimt," was published in 2007 and has received the Barnes & Noble/​iUniverse Editor's Choice, Publisher's Choice and Reader's Choice awards. It is permanently installed in the Neue Galerie Bookstore. Her first mystery thriller, "Say Nothing," was published in 2010 and revised as an e book in 2012. "Water Baby; Five Novellas," was published in the Fall of 2011. Her newest novel, "What Returns to Us," was published in the Fall of 2013.

Carol has a BA from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Media Studies from The New School. She is one of the founding faculty of Gotham Writers' Workshop and has been teaching in the NYU writing program since 1997. She is also a writing coach, book doctor, and editor. Most of her private clients are working on books, but a few are experimenting with shorter forms. Most have succeeded in getting their work published. Others have completed essays for MFA applications, or personal family histories that they have either self-published or presented as memoirs to publishers and agents.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CLIFF HOPKINSON on February 12, 2007
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Deep research can ignite deep passions as Carol Bergman's "Sitting for Klimt" impressively suggests. She has worked on this collection of five novellas for a decade, her passion regularly refuelled by the discoveries she made about the artists Chagall, Klimt, Sargent, their worlds of models and lovers, and two women coming into their own through art, Maria Izquierdo, friend of Frida Kahlo, in Mexico, and King Tut's mother, Tia, in ancient Egypt. In these fact-based fictions, Bergman, who teaches creative writing at New York University, makes the five different worlds sentiently real. I was a writing colleague in workshops with her some years ago and we discussed aspects of her Klimt story. Remarkably I have remembered her writing as persistently as anything I ever read, remembered it like a perfume so alluring and deeply complex that it stays in the memory. Now to make the acquaintance of the later novellas has been a joyful thing, for they are magic work. The tender and intimate story of Marc Chagall's romance and marriage with Bella Rosenfeld is clearly a small masterpiece, fuelled not only by Bergman's questing but also by the journal of her grandmother who, as Bella's best friend, was at the wedding in the city of Vitebsk. Chagall's love paintings, inspired by his intense, dreamlike feeling for Bella, somehow inhabit the delicate prose. And a further aid has helped Bergman's nuanced narrative - a faded newspaper clipping telling of the wedding in sufficient detail to please the Tsarina of all the Russias, for it was she who ordered reporters to attend.
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