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The Lives of Lee Miller


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'Antony Penrose lovingly and entertainingly pulls together the diverse threads of his mother's remarkable life' The Times

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Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, he is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents' former home, Farley Farm House. He has published a number of books including two collections of his mother's photography, Lee Miller's War and The Lives of Lee Miller, and some children's books.


Lee Miller exemplified the restlesness of the Lost Generation. She was a stunningly beautiful Vogue model, a fine photographer who studied with and was the lover of Man Ray, a war correspondent, and in later life a gourmet cook. She was married twice: first to an Egyptian businessman and then to British surrealist Roland Penrose. Lavishly illustrated with Miller's own work, Penrose's tribute to his mother brings to life a uniquely talented women and the turbulent times in which she lived. This opulent book, like its subject, is multi-faceted. Penrose has produced a work that is part picture book, part biography, part social history, and successful in all aspects. Highly recommended. Andrea Caron Kempf, Johnson Cty. Comm. Coll. Lib., Overland Park, Kan.

'A fascinating revelation of an adventurous and protean spirit' - Sunday Times
'Eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable' - British Journal of Photography
'A marvellously balanced narrative ' - New Yorker

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