As stubborn as she was gifted, as fierce as she was tender, and notorious for her mannish dress that was provocative and chic in equal measure, Gluck was an artist and a rebel. Born Hannah Gluckstein in 1895 into the family that founded the J. Lyons & Co. catering company, she had passionate affairs with society women such as Constance Spry and exhibited her portraits, flower paintings and landscapes in 'one man' shows that captivated the beau monde of the 1920s and 30s. But Gluck's success was never unmixed with controversy: at the height of her fame she stopped working, caught in a bitter campaign over the quality of artists' materials, and her personal life was rarely less than torrid. In Gluck Diana Souhami captures this paradoxical, talented and unusual woman in all her complexity.
Diana Souhami is the author of Selkirk's Island (winner of the Whitbread Biography award), The Trials of Radclyffe Hall (shortlisted for the James Tait Black Prize for Biography and winner of the US Lambda Literary Award), the bestselling Mrs Keppel and Her Daughter (also winner of the Lambda Literary Award and a New York Times 'Notable Book of the Year'). Her latest book is Murder at Wrotham Hill. She lives in London and Devon.
A Personal Note. 'Gluck, no prefix, no quotes'. REBELLION 1895-1936: 'The Family'. Stage and country. Bolton House. White Flowers. The Gluck Frame. LOVE 1936-1944: 'YouWe'. Roots and brambles. Blaze with a fire. The Queen wore peacock blue. 'the brind and the wheeze'. The war effort. The war within. THE FACTS OF LIFE 1945-1978: The eternal triangle. Yeats's bones. Cosmic injustice. The paint war. Lacuna. A retrospective view. The dying of the light. Afterword. Notes. Bibliography. Works Illustrated. Index.