Patron Saints, 1992

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York and awarded the L. L. Winship Book Award from The Boston Globe, softcover edition, 1995, Yale University Press



“A brilliant tribute to pioneers of our cultural history. Highly recommended.”

— Library Journal

“Arresting, gossipy, lavishly illustrated . . .”

— Publishers Weekly

“Vivid; even exhilarating avant-garde entertainment.”

— Sam Hunter, The New York Times Book Review


Five young art patrons who, in the last 1920s and 1930s, were instrumental in bringing modern painting, sculpture, and dance to America. A combination of wealth, Harvard education privilege, and family connections enabled Lincoln Kirstein, Edward M. M. Warburg, Agnes Mongan, James Thrall Soby, and A. Everett (Chick) Austin, Jr., to introduce the work of Picasso, Balanchine, Calder, and other important artists to the United States.