Book review: The Art of Tasha Tudor

The Art of Tasha TudorThe Art of Tasha Tudor by Harry Davis

Halfway between nostalgic and scary. Tasha Tudor was a very talented artist who moved to Vermont and chose to live her life as if she lived in, say, rural 1850. And she made her children live the same way. One suspects they cobbled together their own toothpaste and toothbrushes.

Harry Davis starts out fascinated with her; by the end of the book they have quarreled somehow, and she has cast him out of her kingdom.  He speaks of her with a sort of quivering-chinned dismay, as if he were a child who has just been bitten by Santa Claus.

She lived into her 90s.There are many pictures of her in the house she created, sitting by the fire like Granny Weatherwax.

When I was a child, I adored THE DOLLS' CHRISTMAS, but still, one would love to make her a character.

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