Andy Warhol Book Summary and Study Guide

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This is one of the 2001 series of little Penguin biographies. Koestenbaum tidily surveys the manifold contradictions of the strange Pop artist and filmmaker who will probably best be remembered for saying "in the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes." A gay man who attracted and worshiped beautiful women, who made art and lampooned it, who sought and fled from respectability, artistic fame, and even people themselves, Warhol and his art proclaimed "a bill of rights for inanimate objects, giving them suffrage." He repeatedly shocked America, and like greater 60s icons, was even the victim of an assassination attempt, which he survived but which permanently altered him for the rest of his relatively short life. A strange little book about a strange man.
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Plot & Themes

job/profession:    -   artist Job/profession/poverty story    -   Yes Taboo Sex Story?    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   gay guy Period of greatest activity?    -   1950+

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   2 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   wealthy Century:    -   1960's-1970's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   thoughtful Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of nude males (the big P)    -   male homosexuality    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A few 1-5 B&W How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   51%-75% of book

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