Books: Perils Of Pablo PICASSO: CREATOR AND DESTROYER

by Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington Simon & Schuster; 558 pages; $22.95

In 1981 Arianna Stassinopoulos (as she then was) brought out a biography of the diva Maria Callas, heavily borrowed from several earlier works, including Callas by John Ardoin and Gerald Fitzgerald. It was a best seller. Now it is the turn of Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), the quintessential modern artist. Picasso is on the front cover, looking haggard. On the back is Huffington, looking glamorous. Her fixed smile displays a row of pearly teeth: no stains or chips. Which is remarkable, given that they have bitten off so much more than they can chew.

There is no sign in the 558 pages...

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