Clara and Mr. Tiffany

By Susan Vreeland,

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It’s 1893, and at the Chicago World’s Fair, Louis Comfort Tiffany makes his debut with a luminous exhibition of innovative stained-glass windows that he hopes will earn him a place on the international artistic stage. But behind the scenes in his New York studio is the freethinking Clara…

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2 authors picked Clara and Mr. Tiffany as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

I love how historical fiction teaches me more about a time period and person. This book threw me right into the late 1890s and the world of Louis Comfort Tiffany and his “glass girls”. It was fascinating to hear these un-sung stories of the female workers in his glass factory and I especially loved the banter between Clara and Tiffany and how tough of a woman she was standing up to this powerful and talented man. 

Bonus points, there is a museum near me with the largest collection of Tiffany glass and I was able to visit after reading the…

A few years ago, even though I had three books in my backpack to entertain me on a cross-country flight, I had to buy this book from the airport bookstore, which resulted in one of my favorite reading experiences.

I had never heard of Clara O’Driscoll, but the combination of her struggles as a young woman in the years during the suffragette movement plus her passion for creating art for Louis Comfort Tiffany at any cost was a blissful read.

I’m a huge fan of every Susan Vreeland novel, plus I’m a sucker for anything set in around 1900.

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