Peggy Guggenheim: The Shock of the Modern by Francine Prose
Over the course of her 81 years (1898-1979), Peggy Guggenheim amassed art and financially sustained artists, despite the turmoil often found in her life.
Born into a world of privilege, she suffered the loss of her father, a passenger on the Titanic. While she listened to advisors following his death, she bought modern paintings to satisfy her own taste. Less than halfway into the twentieth century, Peggy opened her first art gallery in New York, the Art of This Century Gallery. One critic noted that she helped shape the contemporary art world, turning artists into celebrities and socialites into art collectors.