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Children's LiteratureOne of the most intriguing and familiar twentieth-century artists, the surrealist Salvador Dali, receives an even-handed, sympathetic biographic treatment in this slender book by Tim McNeese. It is a volume in the "Great Hispanic Heritage" series from Chelsea House publishers. This series is aimed at older elementary and middle school students, and includes luminaries ranging from literary giant Miguel de Cervantes to controversial athlete Sammy Sosa. McNeese traces the evolution of Dali from his over-indulged childhood to eccentric, attention-grabbing surrealist painter and finally honored national icon. He intelligently discusses the influence of Freudian psychology on Dali's painting, as well as Dali's convoluted, often overheated relationships with other great twentieth century artists and writers. Because the author is so frank about the artist's sexual ambivalence and frequent references to sexuality in his paintings, this book is probably best reserved for older students. Disappointingly, few of the artist's paintings are reproduced in this book, even those minutely analyzed by the author—a genuine failing that is not adequately addressed by listing several Web sites for viewing Dali's works. A somewhat limited timeline, footnotes, a bibliography, a suggested reading list, and an index round out the volume. 2006, Chelsea House Publishers, Ages 12 up.