From the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of Son of the Morning Star and Deus Lo Volt! comes a biography that breaks the mold-recounting with stunning immediacy the uncommon genius behind the renowned Spanish painter. Darkly brilliant and casually masterful in turn, Francisco Goya changed art forever. During the days of the Spanish Inquisition, Goya painted royalty, street urchins, and demons with the same brush, bringing his own distinctive touch to each. This unusual man and his ghastly times are the perfect subject for Evan S. Connell, one of our greatest and least conventional writers. Introducing a wealth of detail and a cast of comic characters-a motley group of dukes, queens, and artists, as lewd and incorrigible a crew as history has ever produced-Connell has conjured Goya’s life with wit, erudition, and a sparkling imagination.
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Evan S. Connell--long recognized as one of the most important literary voices of contemporary letters--was the author of 17 books, including Mrs. Bridge, Deus lo Volt, and the best-selling Son of the Morning Star. He was nominated for a Man Booker Prize for lifetime achievement in 2009, and in 2010 was awarded The Robert Kirsch Award by the Los Angeles Times for his accomplishments as a writer with a substantial connection to the American West. He lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico until his death in 2013.