Portrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins

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Portrait: The Life of Thomas Eakins
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About the Author:
William S. McFeely is Abraham Baldwin Professor of the Humanities, Emeritus, at the University of Georgia. He is the author of Yankee Stepfather: General O. O. Howard and the Freedmen; Grant: A Biography, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Parkman Prize; Frederick Douglass, which received the Lincoln Prize; Sapelo’s People: A Long Walk into Freedom; and Proximity to Death.

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Thomas Eakins painted two worlds in nineteenth-century America: one sure of its values—statesmen, scientists, and philosophers—and one that offered an uncertain vision of the changing times. From the shadow of his mother's depression to his fraught identity as a married man with homosexual inclinations, to his failure to sell his work in his day, Eakins was a man marked equally by passion and melancholy. In this enlightening examination of Eakins's defining artistic moments and key relationships—with wife Susan MacDowell, with subject and friend Walt Whitman, and with several leading scientists of his time—William S. McFeely sheds light on the motivations and desires of a key founder of American realism.

  • Paperback
  • 9 1/5" x 6 1/5"
  • 256 pages
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton and Co., 2007
  • ISBN: 9780300191943
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"Provocative.... McFeely sensitively chronicles the maturation of this enigmatic Philadelphian."—Matthew Price, New York Times Book Review
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