James Lord (author)
James Lord (November 27, 1922 – August 23, 2009) was an American writer. He was the author of several books, including critically acclaimed biographies of Alberto Giacometti and Pablo Picasso. He appeared in the documentary films Balthus Through the Looking Glass (1996) and Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death (2001).
Life and career
Lord was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up there, the son of Louise and Albert Lord. His father was a stockbroker, and until the Wall Street crash the family lived, as Lord put it, in "the lower echelons of the upper classes".
Lord attended Wesleyan University, though he never earned a degree.
He died in Paris in 2009, aged 86.
Books (Biographies, memories and novels)
He was the author of the following works, among others:
- No Traveler Returns (1956, novel)
- The Joys of Success (1958, novel)
- A Giacometti Portrait (1965, biography)
- Giacometti: A Biography (1985, biography)
- Picasso and Dora: A Personal Memoir (1993, biography)
- Six Exceptional Women (1994)
- Some Remarkable Men (1996)
- A Gift for Admiration (1998)
- My Queer War (2010, posthumous)
- "Making Memoirs" (1995, biography)
- "Stories of Youth" (2001, fiction)
- Regard vers l'invisible / Looking at the invisible, in: Derrière le miroir, n°226, Paris: Maeght Editeur, December 1977. ISBN 2-85587-038-0 (Text in French and English.)
- Obituary for James Lord, The Guardian, September 24, 2009.
- Grimes, William. "James Lord, Biographer and Memoirist, Is Dead at 86", The New York Times, August 27, 2009; accessed November 2, 2012. "Mr. Lord was born and reared in Englewood, N.J. His father was a stockbroker, and until the Wall Street crash the family lived, as Mr. Lord put it, in "the lower echelons of the upper classes".
- NNDb profile
- "Lord writes about 'the inconvenience of being queer' during the Second World War with unsparing bravery.", My Queer War (excerpt of a review on the back cover), Farrar, Straus and Giroux: New York (2010); ISBN 978-0-374-21748-8 (hardcover).
- James Lord's papers. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.
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