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Sarah Thornton is a non-fiction writer and sociologist of art. 33 Artists in 3 Acts, her long-awaited follow-up to Seven Days in the Art World, will be published this fall. A witty account of the machinations of the art world, Seven Days is an international hit, available or forthcoming in 16 translations. Thornton has written regularly for The Economist and many other publications. She lives in London but travels widely.

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“With effortless sophistication, Thornton takes readers on a journey across the globe and into the homes and minds of contemporary artists. In the process, she banishes cynicism about modern art, revealing it to be a volatile, healthy enterprise still deeply engaged with the world.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sarah Thornton constructs a compelling account of the rarefied heights of contemporary global artistic success, skillfully joining the dots to make patterns appear, with wit and insight and even compassion for her ethnographic subjects. 33 Artists in 3 Acts is not just a highly enjoyable read but also a book of enduring value.”—Craig Clunas, Professor of Art History, Oxford University

“A beautiful, enlightening, compulsively readable, and remarkably subtle book. Its layering of psychology, economics, self myth, popular culture, craft, and creative discovery is genuinely new, a reading of contemporary art practice that refuses to be over-determined in any one dimension.” —Steven Lavine, President, California Institute of the Arts

“33 Artists in 3 Acts is superb– a work of art in itself–brilliantly and imaginatively conceived, enormously informative. I will certainly assign it to my students.” —David Halle, Professor of Sociology, UCLA

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