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About Stephanie Cowell
My new novel is coming July 2023! THE BOY IN THE RAIN, set in Edwardian England 1903, is a love story between two men, a shy young artist and a rising socialist speaker, as they struggle to build a life together against personal obstacles and the dangers of prosecution under the gross indecency laws. It will be published by Regal House and I think this is going to be a very big adventure. This is my second novel with a strong love story between two men; the first was between Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton in my novel THE PLAYERS.
Though this is my first new novel in several years, I have been working on three or four others which I hope will make their appearance in the not too distant future.
To my great surprise, my novel CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF CLAUDE MONET is still being picked up by book clubs and selling nicely in translation in Germany and Italy. It's the story of Monet in his 20s and 30s as he struggles to sell his work and manage his love for the beautiful, elusive Camille who would die young and forever remain his muse.
My other novels MARRYING MOZART, THE PLAYERS, THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON AND NICHOLAS COOKE all continue to find readers. They were translated into several languages and MARRYING MOZART was turned into an opera.
I was born in New York City and still live there; in fact, I have lived in the same apartment for 47 years. My heart is half in England/Europe where I have family and consider myself an emotional citizen there.
Please do visit my website StephanieCowell.com. I will be starting a very special mini-blog soon about life in England 1903: arts and sexuality in Edwardian England.
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In the mid-nineteenth century, a young man named Claude Monet decided that he would rather endure a difficult life painting landscapes than take over his father’s nautical supplies business in a French seaside town. Against his father’s will, and with nothing but a dream and an insatiable urge to create a new style of art that repudiated the Classical Realism of the time, he set off for Paris.
But once there he is confronted with obstacles: an art world that refused to validate his style, extreme poverty, and a war that led him away from his home and friends. But there were bright spots as well: his deep, enduring friendships with men named Renoir, Cézanne, Pissarro, Manet—a group that together would come to be known as the Impressionists, and that supported each other through the difficult years. Even more illuminating was his lifelong love, Camille Doncieux, a beautiful, upper-class Parisian girl who threw away her privileged life to be by the side of the defiant painter and embrace the lively Bohemian life of their time.
His muse, his best friend, his passionate lover, and the mother to his two children, Camille stayed with Monet—and believed in his work—even as they lived in wretched rooms and often suffered the indignities of destitution. But Camille had her own demons—secrets that Monet could never penetrate—including one that when eventually revealed would pain him so deeply that he would never fully recover from its impact.
From the first English word to Tudor ladies-in-waiting, from Regency dining and dress to Victorian crime and technology, immerse yourself in the lore of Great Britain. Read the history behind the fiction and discover the true tales surrounding England’s castles, customs, and kings.
The talented but conflicted Nicholas Cooke wanted to be an Anglican priest since he was a child, yet his fiery temperament consigned him to far different apprenticeships. His adventures lead him to become an actor, a soldier, and, as he grew older, a physician. During his lifetime Nicholas encounters Shakespeare, plague, the secret life of the Queen, many loves, marriage and children, the joy of the theatre, and the troubles of war. He serves his master, John Heminges, who teaches him the craft of acting; but it is the master's wife who teaches Nick about love. Yet he never can forget his early call to be a priest until in the depths of losses he cannot face, an unexpected door opens to him at last.
From the dramatic opening lines to the inspiring conclusion of this first book of this trilogy, Nicholas Cooke grows, stumbles, presses on, and eventually becomes a man whom others respect and recognize as a brilliant mind and a sensitive, loving soul. But there is much more to Nick's story, and, as Nicholas himself might have understood, an end is but a beginning.
NICHOLAS COOKE was a choice of the History Book Club. It is the first part of a trilogy which will take Nicholas from 1593 to 1666, from his boyhood through the fall of the monarchy and its eventual restoration. The next novel, THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON (which will be available as an e-book late 2012) won an American Book Award. The last book of the trilogy will be published towards the end of 2013.
Stephanie Cowell is also the author of CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF MONET (Crown), MARRYING MOZART (Viking Penguin) and THE PLAYERS: A NOVEL OF THE YOUNG SHAKESPEARE (W.W. Norton).
Frankreich, zu Beginn des 20. Jahrhunderts. Ein gealterter Claude Monet blickt auf sein Leben zurück und erinnert sich: Eben setzt die Dämmerung ein, als ihn der Schein einer Schaufensterlampe in eine Pariser Buchhandlung lockt. Dort sieht er sie zum ersten Mal: Camille Doncieux, das Mädchen aus reichem Hause. Monet ist noch unbekannt und bettelarm, aber er weiß, dass er sie malen muss, wieder und wieder. Camille steht ihm Modell, wird seine Muse – und schließlich die Liebe seines Lebens. Für Monet gibt Camille alles auf, glaubt an ihn und seine Malerei wie niemand sonst. Doch statt des schillernden Lebens der Bohème erwarten sie Entbehrungen und Einsamkeit, wenn Monet über seine maßlose Leidenschaft für die Malerei alles andere vergisst. Und so wird ihre Liebe auf mehr als eine harte Probe gestellt.
Stephanie Cowell, selbst Tochter zweier Künstler, hat mit ihrem wunderbar atmosphärischen Künstler-Roman dem bekanntesten Vertreter der impressionistischen Malerei, Claude Monet, und seiner großen Liebe ein schillerndes Denkmal gesetzt. Sie werden die Gemälde des Malers nach dem Lesen dieses Romans mit anderen Augen betrachten.
Die Frau im grünen Kleid von Stephanie Cowell: als eBook erhältlich!