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    The Coral Sea (Paperback) By (author) Patti Smith

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    DescriptionBefore the National Book Award-winning Just Kids, Patti Smith addressed the life and passing of her intimate friend, photographer Robert Mapplethorpe. Through the linked pieces of The Coral Sea, Patti Smith honours her comrade-in-arms Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989). She tells the story of a man on an ocean journey to see the Southern Cross, who is reflecting on his life and fighting the illness that is consuming him. Metaphoric and dreamy, this tale of transformation arises from Smith's knowledge of Mapplethorpe from a young man to a mature artist; his close relationship with patron and friend, Sam Wagstaff; his years surviving AIDS; and his ascent into death. The Coral Sea is Smith's lyrically compelling recasting of her grief to recapture Mapplethorpe's life in the past and his future in his art. Rich in evocative details, it shows the man beneath the persona.


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    Title
    The Coral Sea
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Patti Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 96
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 23 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780393341355
    ISBN 10: 0393341356
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.1
    BIC E4L: LIT
    BIC subject category V2: DCF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 01
    Ingram Subject Code: PO
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11500
    DC22: 811.54
    B&T General Subject: 640
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 90
    DC22: 811/.54
    B&T Approval Code: V26100000
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: POE005010
    DC23: 811.54
    LC classification: PS3569.M53787 C67 2012
    Thema V1.0: DCF
    Edition statement
    Reissue
    Publisher
    WW Norton & Co
    Imprint name
    WW Norton & Co
    Publication date
    07 February 2012
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Review quote
    Patti Smith (in the words of Tennessee Williams) 'rings the bell of pure poetry. --William S. Burroughs"