2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction Finalist

2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist Ross King (Oxford, UK) for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada
Ross King
Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies 
Bond Street Books/
Doubleday Canada

2016 HIlary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction finalist Ross King (Oxford, UK) for Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, Bond Street Books/Doubleday Canada


"Combining his historian’s no-stone-unturned research skills with his novelist’s keen eye for scene and detail, Ross King’s Mad Enchantment unfolds the compelling, little-known story of the creation of one of the world’s most iconic art works.  


King poignantly captures not only the human drama of one of the world’s greatest artists as he rages against – and towards – his life’s end even as he creates his most ambitious project, but he also seamlessly weaves that personal story into the larger fabric of world and art history."

- 2016 Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction jury Carolyn Abraham, Stephen Kimber, and Emily Urquhart.

About the Book

As World War I exploded within hearing distance of his house at Giverny, Monet was facing his own personal crucible. In 1911, his adored wife, Alice, had died, plunging him into deep mourning at age 71. A year later he began going blind. Then, his eldest son, Jean, fell ill and died of syphilis, and his other son was sent to the front to fight for France. Within months, a violent storm destroyed much of the garden that had been his inspiration for some 20 years. At the same time, his reputation was under attack, as a new generation of artists, led by Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, were dazzling the art world and expressing disgust with Impressionism. Against all this, fighting his own self-doubt, depression and age, Monet found the wherewithal to construct a massive new studio, 70 feet long and 50 feet high, to accommodate the gigantic canvases that would, he hoped, revive him.

About the Author

Ross King was nominated for the 2010 Writers’ Trust Nonfiction Prize for Defiant Spirits. He has twice won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Nonfiction, for The Judgment of Paris and Leonardo and the Last Supper. Born and raised in Canada, King holds degrees from the University of Regina, York University, and University College in London. He now lives near Oxford, England.

 


  
 
 

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Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Nonfiction
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July 19, 2017



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