Carol Strickland

Carol Strickland is a freelance writer and regular correspondent on art, architecture, and culture for Art in America magazine and The Christian Science Monitor. Her two books on art and architecture, The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in Art History from Prehistoric to Post-Modern and The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture, were both Book of the Month Club selections. They have been printed in many translations. The Annotated Mona Lisa is in its second edition, having sold more than 400,000 copies and is frequently listed as a best-seller on Other recent books include: The Illustrated Timeline of Art HistoryThe Illustrated Timeline of Western LiteratureAris Kalaizis: Rubbacord, Making Sky, and Paul Waldman: Eros, Art, and Magic.

Strickland has contributed scores of feature stories on the arts, film, literature, and theater to The New York Times, as well as publications like The Wall Street Journal,Washington PostChicago Tribune and magazines like Art & AntiquesThe NationCivilizationAmerican TheaterGarden Design, and Downbeat.

She has a Ph.D., specializing in American Literature and Culture, from the University of Michigan. Strickland is a former college professor, having worked most recently at Stony Brook University. Her film scripts have been produced as documentaries and broadcast on cable television, as well as used in college curricula. Her feature-film screenplays have won prizes in national script competitions. Strickland lives and works in Long Island and New York City.

Masterpieces of Art and Annotated Mona Lisa have Facebook pages with updates on arts happenings. Strickland contributes reflections on current culture via twitter (@​carolartbeat). Her historical novel, The Eagle and the Swan, was published as an eBook by Erudition Digital and is available on the book’s website. The first installment of an enhanced version of the eBook is viewable on the book website. It can be downloaded for free and includes maps, timelines, images, and supplementary information.

Her new enhanced eBook, also released by Erudition Digital,is titled Impressionism: A Legacy of Light and will be offered in March 2015 on the iPad on the iBooks sites.

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