Chatto signs Art Monsters by Lauren Elkin

Claire Coughlan
Rights - NonFiction Tuesday, 19 February 2019

'Part cultural history, part feminist manifesto, part memoir, Art Monsters is an explosive reflection on the lives of creative women'


Clara Farmer, publishing director at Chatto, has signed on proposal world rights to Art Monsters: On Beauty and Excess by Lauren Elkin. The deal was done by Alba Ziegler Bailey at the Wylie Agency. US rights have gone to FSG, and there have also been sales in Germany and Korea.

Elkin's essays have appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times and the London Review of Books. Her most recent book Flaneuse (Chatto, 2016), "a literary walk through the lives of wandering women", was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.

Art Monsters is described as "part cultural history, part feminist manifesto, part memoir", and "an explosive reflection on the lives of creative women and the necessity of transgression". The book looks at women in culture - in art, literature, music and fashion - and how so often they are found wanting, either for failing to live up to impossible expectations, or for exceeding them so radically that they become "too much". The full manuscript is expected in early 2020.

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