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Friday, December 19, 2014, 11:49 p.m.

UA history teacher pens portrait of artist Whistler

He was one of the first celebrity artists, equal parts painter, showman and pugilist. He was James McNeill Whistler, always controversial and often the center of attention. Now Whistler is the subject of a copiously detailed biography, Whistler: A Life for Art's Sake, by University of Arkansas at Fayetteville professor Daniel E. Sutherland (Yale University Press, $40).

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