• Title: Between Worlds
  • Author: Leo Lionni
  • ISBN: 9780679423935
  • Page: 290
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Between Worlds Born in Holland half Jewish raised in Amsterdam Brussels Genoa Philadelphia Lionni is a man of many languages and cultures but no real home His story is one of a constant search a search that ta
    Born in Holland, half Jewish, raised in Amsterdam, Brussels, Genoa, Philadelphia Lionni is a man of many languages and cultures but no real home His story is one of a constant search, a search that takes him from an ideal early childhood to a strict education in Italy that proved largely irrelevant to his future, and then to exile from Fascist Italy in America from beiBorn in Holland, half Jewish, raised in Amsterdam, Brussels, Genoa, Philadelphia Lionni is a man of many languages and cultures but no real home His story is one of a constant search, a search that takes him from an ideal early childhood to a strict education in Italy that proved largely irrelevant to his future, and then to exile from Fascist Italy in America from being a highly political aspiring artist to becoming a highly successful advertising director he invented the famous Never underestimate the power of a woman campaign and a powerful force in the world of graphics as the art director of Fortune magazine from life in the affluent commuter world of Connecticut to a return to Italy and the life of an artist After all this a full life by any account he finds yet another successful vocation as the author and illustrator of children s books that have sold millions of copies throughout the world Lionni tells his story it encompasses his early romance and happy marriage, and his countless extraordinary friends and acquaintances in the most elegant and persuasive prose, the kind of English that only a distinguished European can write And since his story is also the story of a lifetime of creativity, throughout the book are examples, in color and black and white, of his remarkable body of work painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, photography, graphics, and, of course, illustration This is an autobiography both of great intellectual and artistic sophistication and of large human appeal.

    One Reply to “Between Worlds”

    1. i almost filed this under "time travel" because Lionni switches around in his life and others so often that it was hard to follow. read the first hundred and last fifty pages. Most interesting he created the cover for "The Family of Man" and becoming a children's book writer/artist was a late life decision and fortunate accident. he was already successful as an artist, an adman and an editor. the one story i really liked from the book: Lionni goes to Brentano's (remember that great bookstore? B& [...]

    2. Cronistoria di una vita. Interessante ma fino ad un certo punto. Letto fino a pagina 198 poi semplicemente sfogliato. Le pagine più interessanti da pagina 234 a 240 dove parla di "un piccolo miracolo" come dice l'autore, cioè del suo libro "Piccolo blu e piccolo giallo". 6 pagine su 360 poche per dire che mi è piaciuto. Oltretutto stampato su carta lucida, pesantissima, anche in questo senso un "peso" portarselo dietro.

    3. Incredibly talented man surrounded by other incredibly talented people. Never would I have known the breadth of his accomplishments if I hadn't gone to the Eric Carle Museum in Amherst Mass -- a must for anyone interested in art (To think that children's illustration isn't art is to be very close minded.) I would have enjoyed the book much more if the writing -- not the writer -- were a little humbler, although I forive him. Here is to Lioni for taking all his priviliges and talent and opportuni [...]

    4. Durchaus lesbare Autobiografie, wenn auch oft etwas langatmig. Enttäuscht hat mich, dass der Mann, der mit seinen Kinderbüchern berühmt wurde, stets nach der Geburt seiner Kinder – wenn auch mit gutem Grund – ins Ausland verschwand und sich scheinbar wenig Gedanken um den Nachwuchs machte. Insgesamt schreibt er nicht sehr viel über seine Kinder und in seine Frau hat er sich verliebt, weil sie nicht so sehr dem Intellektuellen zugeneigt war. Naja…

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