Changing the title of my biography of Doris Duke, especially after more than six years of work, is a big deal.
Posts about Doris Duke
You can find out more about my next book, Doris Duke: The Invention of the New Women (working title), on my dedicated Doris Duke bibliography page.
I am blessed—and have been for six long years—in being given the responsibility of writing Doris Duke’s biography.
With our silence, we are promoting, however unintentionally, the Trump administration’s war on women.
I know Doris Duke would have enjoyed seeing the statue of a little girl confronting the bull of Wall Street.
In Mabel’s case, as in the case of so many women, it’s the myths rather than the facts that are remembered.
I’m asking you, my able and loyal readers, to “come too” as I head into yet another revision of my biography on Doris Duke. Originally set to be published in 2016, it is now delayed until October, 2018.
If she can move like this playing paddle ball, surely she can act with equal skill, grace, and assurance in a board room, a corporate office, or an artist’s studio.
I am wishing all of you, friends, acquaintances and strangers, who are kind enough to read these thoughts, the most beneficial, peaceful and fruitful new year—a cold winter with lots of snow, a spring full of bloom.
All those big artist’s names, and never a woman’s, although she did have a show in the gallery she owned earlier, first in London and then in New York, of thirty-one women artists.
My chapters about Doris’ war-time service are some of the most revealing, and most controversial, in my upcoming biography.