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Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe
Seaview Books, Book-of-the-Month, Quality Paperback Book Clubs, 1980
Simon & Schuster/Washington Square Press, 1981, 1987
University of New Mexico Press, revised edition, 1986
Blackstone Audio Books, 1996
Published in Great Britain, Japan, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Turkey
Simon & Schuster/Atria Books, 2010, 2014 


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View Laurie's interview about O'Keeffe at the 92nd St. Y in New York City

News about Portrait of an Artist 
Portrait of an Artist: A Biography of Georgia O'Keeffe is included in Five Hundred Great Books by Women: A Reader's Guide, Viking Penguin, 1995

More than four decades after the first publication of Portrait of an Artist, it is now available in an enhanced eBook edition with revealing photographs of the artist taken by her husband, famed photographer Alfred Stieglitz. 

More of Laurie's writing about Georgia O'Keeffe:

Review of "Georgia O'Keeffe," by Nancy J. Scott

 Women's Studies, Volume 45, Issue 5, 2016

"On Being O'Keeffe's First Biographer" in From the Faraway Nearby: Georgia O'Keeffe as Icon, Addison-Wesley, 1992

"Viewing O'Keeffe" and "More on O'Keeffe," Journal of the Southwest, 1988, 1989

"Georgia O'Keeffe," Readers Companion to American History, 1991

"Georgia O'Keeffe: Public Notes on a Private Life," Rocky Mountain Magazine, April 1980

More reviews of Portrait of an Artist
"Portrait of an Artist is a sensitive and beautifully documented biography. It moved me deeply--I can't remember when a book involved me so totally."
Patricia Bosworth, author, Diane Arbus: A Biography


"What a personality emerges from these pages!...Portrait of an Artist is filled with riches."

Joyce Carol Oates, Mademoiselle

"Portrait of an Artist is in many ways a remarkably informative book. Lisle has created a vivid and sensitive portrait of O'Keeffe as an artist and woman...Above and beyond the personal portrait, Lisle's biography is a marvelous evocation of the American places that have been important in the development of O'Keeffe's character and her art." ~James R. Mellow, The Saturday Review


"Laurie Lisle has given us a mortal Georgia O'Keeffe, whose human hunger and frailties, gifts and strengths, enabled her to survive--triumphantly--a conflicted life. Many readers will draw encouragement and even inspiration from this portrait." ~ Eleanor Munro, author, Originals: American Women Artists