“The Loveliest Girl in Vienna”: The Life of Alma Mahler
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Tom Lehrer famously wrote a song about Alma, inspired by, he said, “the juiciest, spiciest, raciest obituary that has ever been my pleasure to read.” A talented composer in her own right, Alma’s first kiss was from Gustav Klimt and she married or had relationships with the most famous men of the day – Gustav Mahler, Walter Gropius, Oskar Kokoshka and Franz Werfel. At the epicentre of fin-de-siècle Vienna’s artistic and intellectual life, the story of one of history’s most complex and charismatic muses is illuminated by acclaimed biographer, historian and filmmaker, Cate Haste.
Cate Haste is an acclaimed biographer, historian and filmmaker. Previous books include Craigie Aitchison, Nazi Women, Clarissa Eden and, with Cherie Blair, The Goldfish Bowl. She has directed documentary films for all major TV networks on political and historical subjects including Cold War, End of Empire, The Churchills.
Patrick Bade is an art historian. His works include Femme Fatal: Images of Evil and Fascinating Women, and studies of artists such as Degas, Klimt and Renoir.