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Susan Joyce Vreeland (January 20, 1946 – August 23, 2017) was an American author. Several of her books deal with the relationship between art and fiction.[1] The Passion of Artemisia is a fictionalised investigation of some aspects of the life of Artemisia Gentileschi,[2] while The Girl in Hyacinth Blue centres round an imaginary painting by Vermeer. The Forest Lover is a fictionalized account of the life of the Canadian painter Emily Carr.[3]

Susan Vreeland
Born(1946-01-20)January 20, 1946
Racine, Wisconsin, U.S.
DiedAugust 23, 2017(2017-08-23) (aged 71)
San Diego, California, U.S.
Alma materSan Diego State University
Joseph Gray (m. 1988–2017)

Early lifeEdit

Vreeland was born in Racine, Wisconsin to William Alex Vreeland and Esther Alberta, née Jancovius. Her mother was from an artistic family and had studied at the Art Institute of Chicago. The family moved to California in 1948. Vreeland took a BA in English and library science at San Diego State University in 1969, an MA in education in 1972, and an MA in English in 1978.[4]


The works of Susan Vreeland include:[5]

  • What Love Sees: a biographical novel. New York: PaperJacks, 1988. ISBN 9780770108847.
  • What English Teachers Want: A Survival Guide. Unionville, NY: Royal Fireworks Press, 1995. ISBN 9780880922241.
  • Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Denver: MacMurray & Beck, 1999. ISBN 9781878448903.
  • The Passion of Artemisia. New York: Viking, 2002. ISBN 9780670894499.
  • The Forest Lover. New York: Viking, 2004. ISBN 9780670032679.
  • Life Studies. New York: Viking, 2005. ISBN 9780670031771.
  • Luncheon of the Boating Party. New York: Viking, 2007. ISBN 9780143113522.
  • Clara and Mr. Tiffany. New York: Random House, 2011. ISBN 9781400068166.
  • Lisette's List. New York: Random House, 2014. ISBN 9781410471291.


  1. ^ Dawn Goldsmith (2002). Writer Interview: "Susan Vreeland: Living in the Spirit of Art" Archived 21 March 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Crescent Blues. Accessed February 2015.
  2. ^ Celestine Bohlen (18 February 2002). Elusive Heroine Of the Baroque; Artist Colored by Distortion, Legend and a Notorious Trial. New York Times. Accessed February 2015.
  3. ^ John J. Salesses (Summer 2007). Religious Assimilation in Early American Fiction. Forum on Public Policy: A Journal of the Oxford Round Table. Accessed February 2015. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Michael D. Sharp (2006). Popular contemporary writers, volume 10. New York: Marshall Cavendish Reference. ISBN 9780761476115. p. 1376. (subscription required)
  5. ^ Worldcat Accessed September 2011.