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The Lives of Lee Miller

Antony Penrose


'Antony Penrose lovingly and entertainingly pulls together the diverse threads of his mother's remarkable life' The Times

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Beautiful, bewitching and an exceptionally good photographer, Lee Miller was one of life’s adventurers.

She became a Vogue cover girl in 1920s New York before embracing Paris, photography and Surrealism, and then dramatically changed her life yet again, reinventing herself as a war correspondent, notably covering the liberation of Dachau.

These are but three of the many lives of Lee Miller, intimately recorded here by her son, Antony Penrose. Featuring a selection of Miller’s finest work, including portraits of her friends Picasso, Tanning and Ernst, Penrose’s tribute to his mother brings to life a uniquely talented woman and the turbulent times in which she lived.

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'Antony Penrose lovingly and entertainingly pulls together the diverse threads of his mother’s remarkable life'
The Times

'A fascinating revelation of an adventurous and protean spirit'
Sunday Times

'A marvellously balanced narrative'
New Yorker

'Eminently readable and thoroughly enjoyable'
British Journal of Photography

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 19.8 x 12.9 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Publication date: 15 July 2021

ISBN: 9780500294284

Contents List

1. Early Years, 1907–1929
2. Photography in Surrealist Paris, 1929–1932
3. Photography in Fashionable New York, 1932–1934
4. Egypt and First Marriage, 1934–1937
5. Escape from Egypt, 1937–1939
6. ‘Grim Glory’: Wartime London, 1939–1944
7. Lee’s War, 1944–1945
8. Spinning It Out: Austria, 1945
9. The Last Waltz: Eastern Europe, 1945–1946
10. Winged Serpents: Married Life in Hampstead and Sussex, 1946–1956
11. Food, Friends and Faraway Places

About the Author

Antony Penrose is a British photographer. The son of Sir Roland Penrose and Lee Miller, Penrose is director of the Lee Miller Archive and Penrose Collection at his parents' former home, Farley Farm House.