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Lydia Cassatt Reading the Morning Paper
The novel, or more properly novella, is divided in five parts, each taking its impetus from a painting in which Lydia appears as a central figure. The first is woman reading the paper and takes place in 1878. The next two skip ahead to 1880 and then to 1881. Color prints of each of the paintings are included in the text which make abundantly clear the delicate touch of the artist's brush. Rather than a continuous plot, Chessman presents a series of ...