Paris Between the Wars: Couture and Surrealism in the Novels of Jeanne Mackin


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Welcome to Episode 20 of the Art In Fiction Podcast!
Paris between the wars is the exciting setting for Jeanne Mackin's novels The Last Collection and The Beautiful American.
In this episode, find out about wacky surrealist lobsters, why pencils and paper were not allowed at fashion shows, and a lot more!

  • The Beautiful American and the art and life of photographer Lee Miller, famed surrealist Man Ray, and the indomitable Picasso
  • Fact and fiction in The Beautiful American
  • How Mackin structured The Beautiful American
  • Surrealism, violence, lobsters, and more
  • The surprising role played by Picasso in The Beautiful American
  • The Last Collection and the world of haute couture in 1930s Paris
  • The rivalry between Coco Chanel and Elsa Schiaparelli--yes, they hated each other in real life and in the novel!
  • Fact and fiction in The Last Collection
  • Common themes in Jeanne Mackin's novels
  • Can the creative spirit save the world?
  • Advice for authors

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Music Credits

The intro music is from Symbolist Waltz from the album Alive in Seattle and the ad music is from The Feverfrom the album Full Moon. Both pieces are composed by Gregg Simpson and performed by Lunar Adventures. Follow the links to download the full tracks.
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