Hilary Spurling was born in England and educated at Oxford University. She has been theater critic and literary editor ofThe Spectatorand a book reviewer forTheDaily Telegraph,and has written biographies of Ivy Compton-Burnett and Paul Scott. The first volume of her biography of Henri Matisse,The Unknown Matisse,was an Editors' Choice book ofThe New York Times. Since its publication, Ms. Spurling has written and lectured extensively on Matisse and originated an exhibition about the importance of textiles in the artist's life and work that opened at the Royal Academy in London in the spring of 2005 and at the Metropolitan Museum in New York in the summer of 2005. From the Hardcover edition.Spurling, Hilary is the author of 'Matisse the Master A Life of Henri Matisse the Conquest of Colour, 1909-1954', published 2007 under ISBN 9780375711534 and ISBN 0375711538.