James Lord (author)

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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.[1][2][3] He appeared in the documentary films Balthus Through the Looking Glass (1996) and Picasso: Magic, Sex, Death (2001).

Biography[edit]

Lord was born in Englewood, New Jersey, and grew up there. 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".[2]

He served in the United States Army during World War II, keeping his homosexuality carefully hidden.[4]

Lord attended Wesleyan University, though he never earned a degree.

He died in Paris in 2009, aged 86.[2]

Books (Biographies, memories and novels)[edit]

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)

Essays[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Obituary for James Lord, The Guardian, September 24, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c 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".
  3. ^ NNDb profile
  4. ^ "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).

External links[edit]

  • James Lord's papers. General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.