The Medici Boy

The Medici Boy

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While creating his famous bronze of David and Goliath, Donatello's passion for his enormously beautiful model and part time rent boy, Agnolo, ignites a dangerous jealousy that ultimately leads to murder. Luca, the complex and conflicted assistant, will sacrifice all to save Donatello, even his master's friend--the great patron of art, Cosimo de' Medici. John L'Heureux's long-awaited novel delivers both a monumental and intimate narrative of the creative genius, Donatello, at the height of his powers. With incisive detail, L'Heureux beautifully renders the master sculptor's forbidden homosexual passions, and the artistry that enthralled the powerful and highly competitive Medici and Albizzi families. The finished work is a sumptuous historical novel that entertains while it delves deeply into both the sacred and the profane within one of the Italian Renaissance's most consequential cities, fifteenth century Florence.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 22mm | 433g
  • New York, New York, United States
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1938231503
  • 9781938231506
  • 601,344

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"(L'Heureux's) luminous prose, swift narrative, love of art history, and cool eye for human weakness makes 'The Medici Boy' one pleasure to read.," The Washington Post--Kathryn Harrison
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About John L'Heureux

Award-winning poet, novelist, and short story writer, John L'Heureux has taught at Georgetown University, Tufts, Harvard, and for over 35 years in the English Department of Stanford University where he was Lane Professor of Humanities. There he received the Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching and again in 1998. A prolific writer, L'Heureux has written more than twenty books of fiction, short fiction and poetry. His works have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Esquire, Harper's, The New Yorker, and have been included in dozens of anthologies including Best American Stories and Prize Stories: the O. Henry Awards. John L'Heureux has twice received writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and in 2006 he was awarded a Guggenheim Grant to do research for The Medici Boy, his new novel.
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387 ratings
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5 23% (90)
4 36% (141)
3 27% (106)
2 10% (40)
1 3% (10)
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