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General Information


Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT Fiction History

Born: 1945, in Chicago, Illinois


Illinois Connection

Tanzer was born and raised in Argo. She attended Augustana College and received a master's degree from the University of Chicago. She currently resides in Lombard.

Biographical and Professional Information

Gail Tanzer obtained a Master's Degree at the University of Chicago and began her career as a social worker. However, she was also very interested in art history. She took a wide variety of art history classes and went on to teach the subject part-time on the university level. She has written four historical fiction books about artists: Duccio and the Maestà, Across the Alps: The Secret Life of Albrecht Dürer, the part about Edmonia Lewis in The Ghost of Cleopatra, and most recently Graven Images, the tumultuous life and times of Augusta Savage, Harlem Renaissance sculptor. Along with writing her books, Tanzer also enjoys making presentations about the artists. Her mission is to renew interest in artists who were once famous but are now little known.

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