"Ruth Brandon is that rarest of historians who make a sophisticated and surprising argument and tell a great yarn at the same time."
—Malcolm Gladwell, The New Yorker
is a cut above . . . Brandon offers sharp, certain and concise writing, with few wasted words or tangents." —The New York Times
About the Author
RUTH BRANDON is a prominent historian, biographer, and novelist. Her widely acclaimed books include Other People's Daughters: The Lives and Times of the Governess
; The Life and Many Deaths of Harry Houdini
; Surreal Lives: The Surrealists 1917-1945; and Being Divine: A Biography of Sarah Bernhardt