• The Magic of Youth

  • An Affair with Beauty: The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy
  • By: James Philip Head
  • Narrated by: Pamela Almand
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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The Magic of Youth

By: James Philip Head
Narrated by: Pamela Almand
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Publisher's summary

Fame, fortune, and beautiful models - Howard Chandler Christy had them all.

Christy was the most famous American painter of the Jazz Age, a time when an elite brotherhood of New York artists dominated the publishing world. Christy had eclipsed all of them with his ''Christy Girl'', an idealized woman who redefined beauty, influenced fashion, and inspired generations of women.

The Magic of Youth is the first book in An Affair with Beauty - The Mystique of Howard Chandler Christy, a biographical trilogy of the artist's epic life as told primarily through the eyes of his second wife, Nancy, a former Cosmopolitan model once considered to be one of the most beautiful women in America. As she reflects on her life, Nancy tells of first meeting Christy in 1912 and becoming his top model. She is captivated by his irresistible charm and the glamour of his enchanting world, but discovers that things are not always what they seem and even the great Christy has scandalous secrets.

©2016 James Philip Head (P)2016 James Philip Head

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Absolutely Charming, Intriguing, and Educational

If you could sum up The Magic of Youth in three words, what would they be?

Truth, Beauty, Illusion

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the 3rd person story telling technique not typically found in a biography. Learning about Howard Chandler Christy though the eyes of his wife, who was also his model and muse, offered captivating detail and insight into the life of this major artist who was all but forgotten until Mr. Head's excellent work.

Which character – as performed by Pamela Almand – was your favorite?

Pamela Almand showed outstanding range and skill as the narrator of this story. If I had to pick a favorite character as performed by Almand it would be Nancy Palmer.

Who was the most memorable character of The Magic of Youth and why?

Howard Chandler Christy was the most memorable character. Learning about his genius and the historical significance of his talent and works was enriching.

Any additional comments?

Mr. Head is a brilliant writer and should be commended for immortalizing the life of Howard Chandler Christy for future generations.

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