The Great Man (novel)

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The Great Man: A Novel
First edition
Author Kate Christensen
Country United States
Language English
Publisher Doubleday (first edition)
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 320 pp
ISBN 0-385-51845-5
OCLC 84903243
813/.54 22
LC Class PS3553.H716 G74 2007

The Great Man: A Novel is a 2007 novel by American author Kate Christensen. It won the 2008 PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, beating nearly 350 other submissions and earning Christensen the $15,000 top prize.[1] The story takes place five years after the death, at 78, of celebrated painter Oscar Feldman, the "great man" of the title. Two competing biographers, both working to document the life and times of a man who made his fortune painting nude women, turn for information to the women who had shared his life: his wife, his mistress, and his sister, who is also a painter.

Oscar Feldman was married to Abigail, the daughter of a rich Jewish family. They have a son who has autism.

For many years Oscar had an affair with Teddy. Together they have twin daughters, Ruby and Samantha. Ruby never married whereas Samantha is married and has children.

Oscar´s sister Maxine was quite successful as a painter earlier, but later was almost forgotten by the art community. Her brother had always been more famous than Maxine, which was quite ironic: Oscar became well known in the art world for a diptych of two female nudes, Helena and Mercy. Helena was actually painted by Maxine. It was a picture of then lesbian lover.


  1. ^ Thompson, Bob (13 March 2008). "Behind Every Great Man...". Washington Post. 

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