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American Forum - Through the Kaleidoscope: Multiple Views in Fiction and Painting

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Ann Beattie and Lincoln Perry
March 18, 2005
12:00AM (EST)

Ann Beattie and Lincoln Perry
Ann Beattie and Lincoln Perry

How is the work of a celebrated fiction writer incorporated into the art of her husband, America?s leading muralist? Ann Beattie, author of seven novels, including The Doctor?s House (2002), is perhaps best known for her short stories which appear regularly in The New Yorker, and have been published in seven collections. Follies and New Stories will be published in May 2005. Her husband, artist Lincoln Perry, has been commissioned to paint murals in some of the most important public places in America (including the entrance foyer of Old Cabel Hall). How do her insights influence his art? And how does his view of the world influence her writing? Beattie, who earned degrees at American University and the University of Connecticut, and Perry, with degrees from Columbia University and Queens College, make a rare joint public presentation.

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