Author Meryle Secrest to Speak at the Clark March 2

For Immediate Release

February 23, 2000

Meryle Secrest, author of popular biographies of Bernard Berenson, Stephen Sondheim, Frank Lloyd Wright, Salvador Dali, and Leonard Bernstein, will lead a Clark Conversation on Thursday, March 2, at 5:00 p.m. at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. The talk will be held in the Clark Café; a reception will follow. The event is free and open to the public.

A native of Bath, England, Secrest began her career as a journalist in the United States and Canada, receiving a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1981. Her 1979 book Being Bernard Berenson was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award. Secrest's 1999 biography Stephen Sondheim: A Life was called "a great read, magnificently reported and full of insights" by USA Today.

Clark Conversations provide an opportunity for the public to hear and interact with Clark Fellows and other visiting scholars in an informal and relaxed setting. Secrest is using the resources of the Clark Art Institute to research her forthcoming biography of art dealer Joseph Duveen. The Clark Library holds the library and archival records of the former Duveen Brothers firm in New York.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  The galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is free through May.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit

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