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Lauren Elkin is the author, most recently, of Flâneuse: Women Walk the City, which was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, a New York Times Notable Book of 2017, and a finalist for the PEN/Diamondstein-Spielvogel Award for the Art of the Essay. She is the translator of Claude Arnaud’s biography of Jean Cocteau (with Charlotte Mandell), which won the 2017 French-American Foundation Translation Award, and of Michelle Perrot’s The Bedroom: An Intimate History, just out from Yale UP. Her essays and reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the London Review of Books, the Guardian, frieze, and Vogue, among others, and she is a contributing editor at The White Review. In her next book, Art Monsters, she examines a range of female writers, artists, musicians, and fashion designers who have defied socially proscribed ideals of femininity to make work that was deliberately provocative, and even ugly. This aesthetics of monstrosity, she argues, is what unites the major work made by women over the last century. She is based in Paris.