Jackson Pollock: An American Saga

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Jackson Pollock: An American Saga is a 1989 biography of abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock, by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith. It was considered "well-researched" by Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, and inspired Ed Harris to adapt it to film as Pollock in 2000. It was awarded the 1991 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography.

The book was the first to explore the artist with psychological depth, based on interviews with over 850 people. The authors researched for eight years, had insight into various unpublished documents, medical and psychiatric reports, conversations with the artist's friends and widow Lee Krasner.

This book is more than the story of a man and his art, it is also a compulsively readable, sweeping saga of America’s cultural coming of age.[1]

First edition[edit]

  • C. N. Potter, 1989, ISBN 0-517-56084-4


  1. ^ "Jackson Pollock: An American Saga". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2020-08-05.