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A tour de force of history and imagination, The Lady and the Unicorn is Tracy Chevalier s answer to the mystery behind one of the art world s great masterpieces a set of bewitching medieval tapestries that hangs today in the Cluny Museum in Paris. They appear to portray the seduction of a unicorn, but the story behind their making is unkwn until w.Paris, 1490. A shrewd French bleman commissions six lavish tapestries celebrating his rising status at Court. He hires the charismatic, arrogant, sublimely talented Nicolas des Incents to design them. Nicolas creates havoc among the women in the house mother and daughter, servant, and lady-in-waiting before taking his designs rth to the Brussels workshop where the tapestries are to be woven. There, master weaver Georges de la Chapelle risks everything he has to finish the tapestries his finest, most intricate work on time for his exacting French client. The results change all their lives lives that have been captured in the tapestries, for those who kw where to look.In The Lady and the Unicorn, Tracy Chevalier weaves fact and fiction into a beautiful, timeless, and intriguing literary tapestry an extraordinary story exquisitely told.
I was born and grew up in Washington, DC. After getting a BA in English from Oberlin College (Ohio), I moved to London, England in 1984. I intended to stay 6 months; I m still here. As a kid I d often said I wanted to be a writer because I loved books and wanted to be associated with them. I wrote the odd story in high school, but it was only in my twenties that I started writing real stories, at night and on weekends. Sometimes I wrote a story in a couple evenings; other times it took me a whole year to complete one. Once I took a night class in creative writing, and a story I d written for it was published in a London-based magazine called Fiction. I was thrilled, even though the magazine folded 4 months later.I worked as a reference book editor for several years until 1993 when I left my job and did a year-long MA in creative writing at the University of East Anglia in Norwich (England). My tutors were the English novelists Malcolm Bradbury and Rose Tremain. For the first time in my life I was expected to write every day, and I found I liked it. I also finally had an idea I considered big enough to fill a novel. I began The Virgin Blue during that year, and continued it once the course was over, juggling writing with freelance editing. An agent is essential to getting published. I found my agent Jonny Geller through dumb luck and good timing. A friend from the MA course had just signed on with him and I sent my manuscript of The Virgin Blue mentioning my friend s name. Jonny was just starting as an agent and needed me as much as I needed him. Since then he s become a highly respected agent in the UK and I ve gone along for the ride. Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of six previous novels, including Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film. Her latest novel is The Last Runaway. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., she lives in London with her husband and son.