Since the release of Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones: The Artist Who Lived Twice, the first in-depth look at the brilliant but tortured painter, Barbara Lehman Smith remains drawn to stories of overlooked yet influential women of the 20th century. Evoking the world of the modern biographer, The Magic of Dead Things, her debut novel, explores what happens as four biographers gradually become consumed by the early 20th century lives of their real-world subjects: Elinor Wylie, the dazzling poet and free spirit of "Beauty" fame whose scandals rocked society; Eleanor Taylor Marsh, the precocious feminist writer and suffragist hired by Alice Paul before conquering Madison Avenue; and the lovelorn men who crossed their uncharted paths.

The Indelible Legacy of 

Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones


In the decade since the publication of Elizabeth Sparhawk-Jones: The Artist Who Lived Twice, much more has been discovered about this ingenue of the art world whose lessons of survival, integrity, and the necessity of art touched so many readers. The value of her work has tripled, new details about her life and career have been featured in magazines including Fine Art Connoisseur, and at least two new books have been written. In addition to those the author had the pleasure to meet in person during speaking events and book talks, Barbara Lehman Smith has heard from ESJ fans in Italy, Russia, and New Zealand. It also has been her pleasure to promote new acquisitions of ESJ's work at the Delaware Art Museum, Des Moines Art Center, and in private collection. Thank you to everyone who remains dedicated to fostering the Sparhawk-Jones legacy!