This biography of Toulouse-Lautrec aims to strip away the myth and reveal the tortured man beneath. Toulouse-Lautrec's family shrouded the truth in a haze of distortion, self-righteousness and lies, but the discovery of over 1000 of their letters shows him to be a haunted genius, crippled both physically and psychologically by his gothic, inbred family.
Julia Frey was educated in the United States, Mexico and France, and earned her Ph.D. from Yale University. An expert on nineteenth-century French literature and culture, she also trained for years in Paris as an artist and printmaker. She has taught at Yale and the University of Colorado, where she is Associate Professor of French. She divides her time between New York, Boulder and Paris.