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Claude & Camille: A Novel of Monet Paperback – 5 April 2011

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"Once again the acclaimed novelist Stephanie Cowell deftly takes us into the world of the classical arts with her well researched and beautifully written novel of historical fiction, Claude & Camille."--LA Times Book Examiner 5 Stars (

"Cowell is nothing short of masterful in writing about Claude Monet's life and love....An enthralling story, beautifully told."--The Boston Globe

What a man! I am in awe before him. To be swept up by this novel which reveals the man and woman behind--no, in, the waterlily paintings, the seascapes and landscapes, is, and must be, a heartbreak. For me, reading Claude and Camille is like seeing old friends, learning them anew, from the inside, their passionate lives pulsing again by virtue of Stephanie Cowell's sure pen. The story is lovely, touching, delicately written, extraordinarily compelling, and nearly all true. Read it with a book of Monet's paintings by your side, and be prepared to marvel, and to weep.--Susan Vreeland, author Luncheon of the Boating Party and Girl in Hyacinth Blue

You'll never look at Monet's water lilies the same way after reading Cowell's luminous biography of the artist and his muse - Romantic Times (4 Stars)

Rich and satisfying...Cowell seems poised on the cusp of very great things." -January Magazine

There's more than one love triangle involved in this highly recommended tale. Don't miss Claude & Camille.--BookLoons

Fleshing out the artist's biographical outline with fresh imagery, well-paced dramatic scenes and carefully calculated dialogue, Cowell presents a vivid portrait of Monet's remarkable career. She writes with intelligence and reverence for her subject matter, providing a rich exploration of the points at which life and art converged for one of history's greatest painters.--Booklist

With elegant prose that blends color, light, and shadow to perfection, much as Monet did in his canvasses, Stephanie Cowell offers us a gorgeously rendered tale of love, genius, and haunting loss set against the dramatic backdrop of a world on the verge of inescapable change.--C.W. Gortner, author of The Last Queen

"Stephanie Cowell 's Monet and his Camille are achingly real, and the miserable garrets of Paris where they struggle to survive are so sensitively portrayed you can almost smell the paint. Cowell sweeps the reader up into a story as dazzling and turbulent as the art whose creation she depicts."--Laurel Corona, author of Four Seasons

"Claude & Camille is a wonderfully absorbing and romantic novel, the story of Claude Monet's passion for his painting and his equally passionate love for a woman who is as elusive as the water lilies that he strove to capture on canvas. This elegant novel was hard to put down, and once I did, I rushed to view Monet's paintings with a deeper understanding. Stephanie Cowell is a wonderful writer."--Sandra Gulland, author of the Josephine B. trilogy and Mistress of the Sun

"An engaging, lyrical, and spirited work of fiction about the great love of Monet's life. Cowell creates a vivid world here, of art, friendship, and ardent love within the Impressionist circle."--Harriet Scott Chessman, author of Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper

"Stephanie Cowell's new novel of art and love is focused on Claude Monet's great passions: painting, friendship, and Camille Doncieux. With her uncanny ability to inhabit the hearts of historical characters, Cowell creates a wholly fascinating milieu as vividly as a film-maker. She has a special gift for rendering the scene--knowing which moments excite the reader, illuminate the characters, and create memorability. I was touched by the novel's tenderness and compassion, and moved to immerse myself in my books of Impressionist paintings."--Sandra Scofield, author of Opal on Dry Ground and Occasions of Sin

"Claude & Camille offers a fascinating look at nineteenth-century Paris, the bohemian lives of the Impressionists, and their struggle to create a new way of seeing the world. From Parisian ateliers to Giverny's lush gardens, Stephanie Cowell paints an unforgettable portrait of Claude Monet and the two passions that framed his life: his beautiful, tragic wife, Camille, and his pursuit of art."--Christi Phillips, author of The Devlin Diary

About the Author

STEPHANIE COWELL is the author of Nicholas Cooke: Actor, Soldier, Physician, Priest; The Physician of London (American Book Award 1996) and The Players: A Novel of the Young Shakespeare. She is the also the author of Marrying Mozart, which was translated into seven languages and has been optioned for a movie. Visit her at and http: //

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Crown Publishing Group (NY); Reprint edition (5 April 2011)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0307463222
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0307463227
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 13.16 x 1.98 x 20.35 cm
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My new novel is coming July 2023! THE BOY IN THE RAIN, set in Edwardian England 1903, is a love story between two men, a shy young artist and a rising socialist speaker, as they struggle to build a life together against personal obstacles and the dangers of prosecution under the gross indecency laws. It will be published by Regal House and I think this is going to be a very big adventure. This is my second novel with a strong love story between two men; the first was between Shakespeare and the Earl of Southampton in my novel THE PLAYERS.

Though this is my first new novel in several years, I have been working on three or four others which I hope will make their appearance in the not too distant future.

To my great surprise, my novel CLAUDE & CAMILLE: A NOVEL OF CLAUDE MONET is still being picked up by book clubs and selling nicely in translation in Germany and Italy. It's the story of Monet in his 20s and 30s as he struggles to sell his work and manage his love for the beautiful, elusive Camille who would die young and forever remain his muse.

My other novels MARRYING MOZART, THE PLAYERS, THE PHYSICIAN OF LONDON AND NICHOLAS COOKE all continue to find readers. They were translated into several languages and MARRYING MOZART was turned into an opera.

I was born in New York City and still live there; in fact, I have lived in the same apartment for 47 years. My heart is half in England/Europe where I have family and consider myself an emotional citizen there.

Please do visit my website I will be starting a very special mini-blog soon about life in England 1903: arts and sexuality in Edwardian England.

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