Clara and Mr. Tiffany

Clara and Mr. Tiffany Against The Unforgettable Backdrop Of New York Near The Turn Of The Twentieth Century, From The Gilded Age World Of Formal Balls And Opera To The Immigrant Poverty Of The Lower East Side, Bestselling Author Susan Vreeland Again Breathes Life Into A Work Of Art In This Extraordinary Novel, Which Brings A Woman Once Lost In The Shadows Into Vivid Color.It S 1893, And At The Chicago World S Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany Makes His Debut With A Luminous Exhibition Of Innovative Stained Glass Windows, Which He Hopes Will Honor His Family Business And Earn Him A Place On The International Artistic Stage But Behind The Scenes In His New York Studio Is The Freethinking Clara Driscoll, Head Of His Women S Division Publicly Unrecognized By Tiffany, Clara Conceives Of And Designs Nearly All Of The Iconic Leaded Glass Lamps For Which He Is Long Remembered.Clara Struggles With Her Desire For Artistic Recognition And The Seemingly Insurmountable Challenges That She Faces As A Professional Woman, Which Ultimately Force Her To Protest Against The Company She Has Worked So Hard To Cultivate She Also Yearns For Love And Companionship, And Is Devoted In Different Ways To Five Men, Including Tiffany, Who Enforces To A Strict Policy He Does Not Hire Married Women, And Any Who Do Marry While Under His Employ Must Resign Immediately Eventually, Like Many Women, Clara Must Decide What Makes Her Happiest The Professional World Of Her Hands Or The Personal World Of Her Heart.

Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best selling author and four time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award s highest honor She is known for writing historical fiction on art related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr Tiffany Her books have been translated into 26 languag Susan Vreeland is an internationally renowned best selling author and four time winner of the Theodor Geisel Award for Fiction, the San Diego Book Award s highest honor She is known for writing historical fiction on art related themes, including Girl in Hyacinth Blue, The Passion of Artemisia, Luncheon of the Boating Party, and Clara and Mr Tiffany Her books have been translated into 26 languages She lives in San Diego, California

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  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany
  • Susan Vreeland
  • English
  • 13 October 2017
  • 1400068169

10 thoughts on “Clara and Mr. Tiffany

  1. says:

    The entire time I was reading Susan Vreeland s Clara and Mr Tiffany I couldn t get out of my head that Clara Driscoll s ties to her boss, Louis Comfort Tiffany, reminded me a lot of another relationship that has so captured my attention and that s Don Draper and Peggy Olsen.Leave it to a Mad Men fan girl to make a connection like that, but this novel paints a picture of the relationship between its two protagonists that s a precursor of sorts to its 1960s fictional counterpart There was an The entire time I was reading Susan Vreeland s Clara and Mr Tiffany I couldn t get out of my head that Clara Driscoll s ties to her boss, Louis Comfort Tiffany, reminded me a lot of another relationship that has so captured my attention and that s Don Draper and Peggy Olsen.Leave it to a Mad Men fan girl to make a connection like that, but this novel paints a picture of the relationship between its two protagonists that s a precursor of sorts to its 1960s fictional counterpart There was an excerpt in particular, in which Clara s desperately seeking Tiffany s approval for her prowess on the job, where it seemed an especially apt comparsion When you look at m...

  2. says:

    While I did learn a bit about Tiffany Studios and Clara Driscoll, this book was far too much like an overwrought and overwritten soap opera for my taste Clara Driscoll s life, story, and accomplishments could have been muchinteresting in a different author s hands, but this Clara weeps, wails, and waits for acceptance and recognition from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and for love from LCT but doesn t seem to know what to do when she receives what she has been seeking All in all, this Clar While I did learn a bit about Tiffany Studios and Clara Driscoll, this book was far too much like an overwrought and overwritten soap opera for my taste Clara Driscoll s life, story, and accomplishments could have been muchinteresting in a different author s hands, but this Clara weeps, wails, and waits for acceptance and recognition from Louis Comfort Tiffany, and for love from LCT but doesn t seem to know wh...

  3. says:

    Clara Driscoll worked for Louis Comfort Tiffany, of Tiffany glass and lampshades during the late 1800 s early 1900 s She always felt that her artistry was not of the same caliber as Mr Tiffany and some of the other women in his employ She was hired back after her husband s death to be a manager, not an artist, after all But she wanted her ...

  4. says:

    Didn t finish this one got to a bit over 100 pages and then realized that I didn t care what happened next The premise was interesting a woman artist working in a time when female artists weren t recognized, Tiffany glass, New York at the turn of the twentieth century.I wanted to fall into the book, and I just couldn t Clara s character wasn t likable She seemed prim, although Clara herself seemed to think she was bohemian She had a mean spirited sense of humor, and seemed to think that be Didn t finish this one got to a bit over 100 pages and then realized that I didn t care what happened next The premise was interesting a woman artist working in a time when female artists weren t recognized, Tiffany glass, New York at the turn of the twentieth century.I wanted to fall into the book, and I just couldn t Clara s character wasn t likable She seemed prim, although Clara herself seemed to think she was bohemian She had a mean spirited sense of humor, and seemed to think that beauty and drama made thingsimportant For example, a character commits suicide in an alley Clara goes to an opera by Wagner afterward and muses about how the death in the opera seems so much richer and meaningful than the actual death of her friend Seriously, this is her perspective She isn t enad of her ge...

  5. says:

    If the mountain was smooth, you couldn t climb it Eloquently and decorously written, with nuances of stained glass arts, naturel world inspiration, unrequited love, gilded age feminism, unconventional lifestyles, and true binding friendships, Clara and Mr Tiffanyis a most excellent book club selectionWe say that we re working on something, but the work is working on us too Breaking up glass into small shapes, harmonizing colors, choosing textures, and setting them right to make somethinIf the mountain was smooth, you couldn t climb it Eloquently and decorously written, with nuances of stained glass arts, naturel world inspiration, unrequited love, gilded age feminism, unconventional lifestyles, and true binding friendships, Clara and Mr Tiffanyis a most excellent book club selectionWe say that we re working on something, but the work is working on us too Breaking up glass into small shapes, harmonizing colors, choosing textures, and setting them right to make something beautiful was healing It wasthan the pleasure of assembly that made it so It was letting the colors sing, being open to thei...

  6. says:

    Sometimes I really like Susan Vreeland, sometimes she just doesn t do it for me I think she is at her best when she manages to get inside her characters heads to show what art means to them or what inspires people to create I just wasn t getting that from this book.I loved the idea of the story, showing how women made the beaut...

  7. says:

    The woman behind the glass that is what Clara Driscoll could be referred to Though there is no certainty that Clara was the innovator for the Tiffany lampshades, that is the assumption made for the purpose of this book.Here s a heads up, beauty is NOT is not found anywhere on the inside in this book With the subtle acts and comments of ignorance, I have to ask, is Clara blinded by beauty She is portrayed as choosing art over love and even comments that death could be beautiful, in the right The woman behind the glass that is what Clara Driscoll could be referred to Though there is no certainty that Clara was the innovator for the Tiffany lampshades, that is the assumption made for the purpose of this book.Here s a heads up, beauty is NOT is not found anywhere on the inside in this book With the subtle acts and comments of ignorance, I have to ask, is Clara blinded by beauty She is portrayed as choosing art over love and even comments that death could be beautiful, in the right setting Sounds like icicles for heartstrings.At least the ...

  8. says:

    Wow My mother read this a few years ago, and I knew it didn t thrill her, but wow That was some bad, bad writing Seriously bad I can t even I don t think Ms Vreeland had an editor, or this never would have been published The characters were oft times indistinguishable, relationships were spoken of as though they were significant, but they were totally flat and unbelievable, and there was really no driving narrative The gilded age New York City setting should have been interesting, but Vre Wow My mother read this a few years ago, and I knew it didn t thrill her, but wow That was some bad, bad writing Seriously bad I can t even I don t think Ms Vreeland had an editor, or this never would have been published The characters were oft times indistinguishable, relationships were spoken of as though they were significant, but they were totally flat and unbelievable, and there was really no driving narrative The gilded age New York City setting should have been interesting, but Vreeland is clearly just getting off on referencing things that are still culturally significant today OMG the subway The Flatiron building The give me your poor poem A woman named Emma Lazarus wrote that poem as a donation to an auction to help fund the pedestal of Statue of Liberty It s not well known, but I believe someday it will be Wow Just wow How cheesy can you get The main problem is the character of Clara, who is incredibly obnoxious He...

  9. says:

    Questo libro stata una scoperta molto piacevole Prima di tutto, quella di uno stilo dolce, delicato, pacato, che lentamente mi ha avviluppata nelle emozioni della protagonista.La storia di Clara, l inventrice dei paralumi di vetro soffiato anche se la verit storica tuttora controversa , si dipana lentamente, nell arco dei suoi 16 anni alle dipendenze della Tiffany Glass Decorating Company L autrice riuscita pienamente a trasmettermi l a di Clara per la natura ed i suoi fantas Q...

  10. says:

    There are many things to like about this novel though sometimes it felt like the story was a mosaic with each element being very separate from the others It could have benefited from afluid integration of the individual elements and would have made for greater reading enjoyment on my part I really liked the bits of history woven in, the rising popularity of the bicycle, the opening of the subway, the development of the city as the wealthy moved into the area, women organizing for their r There are many things to like about this novel though sometimes it felt like the story was a mosaic with each element being very separate from the others It could have benefited from afluid integration of the individual elements and would have made for greater reading enjoyment on my part I really liked the bits of histo...

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