Mary Ann Caws is Distinguished Professor of English, French and Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has written many books on art and literature including Picasso's Weeping Woman: The Life and Art of Dora Maar (2000), Virginia Woolf: Illustrated Life (2002), Marcel Proust: Illustrated Life (2003), Robert Motherwell with Pen and Brush (Reaktion, 2003), and Pablo Picasso (Reaktion, 2005).
'Mary Ann Caws has established herself as an authority of surrealism and the artists who make up its membership. Her account of Dali's life is further testament to her long-standing fascination for, and extensive research into some of the most influential and iconic movements and artists to emerge from modernity ... Caw's does offer unique insight into Dali's life, and the book is consistently interesting and entertaining, providing the novice with a good introduction, and the Dali lover a variant perspective.' - Media/Culture