New biography reveals much about famous illustrator
By Deborah Soloman
Hardcover, 494 pages ($28, Farrar, Straus and Girous)
Norman Rockwell, the illustrator who idealized small-town Americana through his covers for The Saturday Evening Post and other assignments, gets put under the microscope in this detailed, meticulously researched biography. In addition to telling the stories behind many of his iconic pictures, the author, who was granted access to the celebrated painter’s previously unpublished letters and other writings, also paints her own colorful portrait of a complex, complicated and often contradictory man—a frequently misunderstood, conflicted artist whose well-known work offered only one dimension, as it turns out, to a much more fascinating life story.
—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine