Michael Stein

Stein's sixth work of fiction, THE RAPE OF THE MUSE (PERMANENT PRESS, 2011), was published to rave reviews. It has been called "an engrossing meditation on what it means to create art," and "an exceptional novel."

"Clear, insightful, with prose that is always sharp and assured." -Publishers Weekly

THE RAPE OF THE MUSE (Permanent Press, 2011)

Rand Taber, one of The Times’ “25 artists under 25 to watch” has painter’s block. He needs to get out of New York to work again. Introduced to Harris Montrose, an artistic giant and eccentric who has secluded himself in Providence, Rhode Island, Rand becomes Montrose’s studio assistant. Rand has a front-row seat on the deteriorating relationship between Montrose and his life-long friend, the sculptor Simon Pruhar. When Montrose puts Pruhar in his new picture...

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