William Packer

Kissing Rodin

Gwen John: Letters and Notebooks


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This is a most charming book, and as frustrating as it is charming. For, while it dispels the myth of the reclusive artist dying at last in poverty-stricken obscurity (a myth that still shrouds Gwen John’s reputation), it leaves us very little the wiser as to the circumstantial details of what, in its quiet way, was clearly a most intriguing life.

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