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Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel
by Susan Vreeland

Published: 2011-01-11
Hardcover : 432 pages
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Against the unforgettable backdrop of New York near the turn of the twentieth century, from the Gilded Age world of formal balls and opera to the immigrant poverty of the Lower East Side, bestselling author Susan Vreeland again breathes life into a work of art in this extraordinary novel, ...
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(Against the unforgettable backdrop of New York near the turn of the twentieth century, from the Gilded Age world of formal balls and opera to the immigrant poverty of the Lower East Side, bestselling author Susan Vreeland again breathes life into a work of art in this extraordinary novel, which brings a woman once lost in the shadows into vivid color.

It's 1893, and at the Chicago World's Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows, which he hopes will honor his family business and earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara Driscoll, head of his women's division. Publicly unrecognized by Tiffany, Clara conceives of and designs nearly all of the iconic leaded-glass lamps for which he is long remembered.

Clara struggles with her desire for artistic recognition and the seemingly insurmountable challenges that she faces as a professional woman, which ultimately force her to protest against the company she has worked so hard to cultivate. She also yearns for love and companionship, and is devoted in different ways to five men, including Tiffany, who enforces to a strict policy: he does not hire married women, and any who do marry while under his employ must resign immediately. Eventually, like many women, Clara must decide what makes her happiest?the professional world of her hands or the personal world of her heart.

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The contribution of women and the lack of credit they earned.
Clara's love life and her losses - did they they contribute to her strength as a woman.
The change is women's work in this period of time.
by prieskorn (see profile) 07/16/12

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Working for Louis Tiffany, Clara designs and compiles glass mosaic pieces, including the famous lampshades, while pursuing romance on the side.
by karsu (see profile) 08/10/11

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  "Clara and Mr. Tiffany: A Novel"by prieskorn (see profile) 07/16/12

This is a very enjoyable book. The time frame of the first chapter is the preparation for the Chicago World's Fair - White City. The story moves forward describing the lives of the women ... (read more)

 
  "Clara and Mr. Tiffany: a Novel"by karsu (see profile) 08/10/11

The novel was very informative on the glassworks process, filled with descriptions of the famous Tiffany lampshades created by the women workers. It also provided interesting characters and historical... (read more)

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