Carolyn Burke (born 1940), is an Australian turned American biographer, art critic, and translator. Her main focus is on feminist studies and strong independent artistic women of the 1920s through the 1940s.
Burke has taught at Princeton and the University of California at Santa Cruz and at Davis; at the Universities of Western Sydney and New South Wales in Australia; and at the Sorbonne and the University of Lille in France.
She is the author of Becoming Modern: The Life of Mina Loy (1996), about the noted poet, which earned prominent reviews in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, The New Republic and The Nation. Burke's work Lee Miller: A Life (2005) was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and a finalist for The National Book Critics Circle Biography award about the model turned photographer. And her book about the iconic French chanteuse entitled No Regrets: The Life of Edith Piaf (2011).
Burke has spoken at writers’ festivals and literary events in the U.S., U.K., France, and Australia. Her appearances include campuses (Princeton, Getty Research Institute, New York University’s Maison Française, University of New South Wales, University of Sydney); radio and television in San Francisco, New York, and Sydney; and cultural groups (National Arts Club, New York; Metropolitan Club, San Francisco; Lyceum Club, Sydney; Monterey Museum of Art, San Jose Museum of Art).
Interviews and articles
- Carolyn Burke in conversation with Pam Brown about Mina Loy. - JacketMagazine.com.
- "The Rise of Édith Piaf". - The New York Times. - March 27, 2011.
- "Biographer Carolyn Burke has unravelled the myths, rumours and half truths surrounding Edith Piaf". - Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
- Interview with Burke on "New Books in Biography"
- Greenwood, Helen (January 7, 2006), "Shoot for Success", The Sydney Morning Herald