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FortuneÂ’s Favorite Child: The Uneasy Life of Walter Anderson
by Christopher Maurer
Binding: Hardcover, 400 pages
Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
Weight: 1.8 pound
Dimension: H: 1.33 x L: 10.24 x W: 6.4 inches
ISBN 10: 1578065399
ISBN 13: 9781578065394
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Book Description:
The first biography to explore the troubled life of one of America s most prolific, and visionary artists.

Few American painters have lived so intimately with nature as Walter Anderson, and few have lived as adventurously as he did, on the edge of society, a voluntary exile from 'the sordid thing most people call reality.'

Walter Inglis Anderson (1903 1965) is only now finding his place in American painting, partly because he spent much of his life in a small Mississippi town, more intent upon 'natural forms' than upon his own place in the annals of painting. Afflicted with mental illness that baffled some of America s leading psychiatrists, alienated for long periods from his wife and children, he led a life of passion and adventure. In pursuit of nature, he rowed frequently to a wilderness island in the Gulf of Mexico; biked and walked thousands of miles across the American landscape; roamed through China during the Maoist revolution; and secluded himself in a cottage where he produced an astonishing abundance of watercolors and drawings, ceramics, wood carvings, and a mural of thanksgiving for the gifts of nature.

Though indifferent to fame, Anderson was acknowledged, after his death, as the South s greatest painter. John Russell of the New York Times spoke of the 'quietly excellent power' that makes his watercolors 'among the best of their date,' and others compared his vision to that of VanGogh and Georgia O Keeffe.

This compelling, prize winning biography explores the painting, writing, and uneasy life of a major artist, a fiercely individualistic painter who despite adversity and hardship considered himself 'Fortune s Favorite Child.'


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