We were horrified to hear about this new Norman Rockwell biography “American Mirror” because it’s apparent that the author, Deborah Solomon, is determined to rip an American idol to shreds with negative suppositions. Obviously Solomon, an art critic, had nothing but contempt for the illustrator who is among the most beloved of American artists. She analyzed his paintings and decided they implied all sorts of perversions and noted that married-three-times Norman liked the company of men. The critic turned analyst assumed that Rockwell had an abnormal interest in boys because he painted so many of them. Baloney.Rockwell’s neighbors and subjects have stepped forward to condemn her book. This reminds us of the hatchet job done on the brilliant Walt Disney, who wasn’t perfect but he wasn’t bad either, and he certainly contributed enormously to the happiness of children everywhere. Some people will write ANYTHING to sell a book.
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