Annalyn Swan (born ca. 1951 in Biloxi, Mississippi) is an American writer and biographer who has written extensively about the arts. With her husband, art critic Mark Stevens she is the author of de Kooning: An American Master (2004), a biography of Dutch-American artist Willem de Kooning, which was awarded the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography. De Kooning also won the National Book Critics Circle prize for biography and the Los Angeles Times biography award, and was named one of the 10 best books of 2005 by the New York Times. In her review in the New York Times, Janet Maslin wrote: "The elusiveness of its subject makes the achievements of de Kooning: An American Master that much more dazzling."
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University (Class of 1973), Swan was the first woman editor-in-chief of The Daily Princetonian. She was named a Marshall Scholar and earned her master's degree at King's College, Cambridge University. She began her writing career at Time, then joined Newsweek in 1980 as music critic, becoming the magazine's senior arts editor in 1983. In 1986-1990 she was editor-in-chief of Savvy, a magazine for professional women. She later taught at Princeton University, becoming a trustee.
Swan has written for numerous publications, including The New Republic and Vanity Fair, and is the winner of an ASCAP-Deems Taylor Award and a Front Page Award for her music criticism. She is currently visiting professor at the Leon Levy Biography Center at the Graduate Center, the City University of New York. Swan was named "Biloxian Made Good" in 2011. She and Mark Stevens are at work on a biography of the British artist Francis Bacon. They have two children.
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A sweeping biography, impressively researched and absorbingly written, of the charismatic immigrant who stood at the vortex of mid-20th-century American art.
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The most recent examination of these heady years is Mark Stevens's and Annalyn Swan's biography, De Kooning: An American Master, a thorough, well-written, and even-handed account that is at once an unvarnished portrait of an individual and an informative study of the New York art world that he helped to shape and that shaped him.
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