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SOPHY BURNHAM GREW UP IN THE HORSE COUNTRY OF MARYLAND, ATTENDED PRIVATE GIRLS' SCHOOLS AND GRADUATED FROM SMITH COLLEGE IN NORTHAMPTON, MASSACHUSETTS, WITH HONORS IN ITALIAN LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE. SHE WROTE HER THESIS ON THE WRITER ITALO SVEVO (A FRIEND OF JAMES JOYCE) AND THE NATURE OF REALITY. AFTER COLLEGE, SOPHY TOOK A JOB AS A CLERK AT THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, AND WHEN SHE LEFT SIX YEARS LATER, WAS HEAD OF THE ORGANIZATION'S NEWLY ESTABLISHED FILM AND TELEVISION STUDIOS. SHE PRODUCED TWO FILMS AND A TV PROGRAM FOR THE SMITHSONIAN, ONE OF WHICH WAS SENT TO THE VENICE FILM FESTIVAL. THE SMITHSONIAN PUBLISHED HER FIRST "BOOK," A PAMPHLET ON THE EXHIBITS. SHE DECIDED, BY SELLING ARTICLES TO MAGAZINES AND IN A FEW YEARS HAD PUBLISHED IN ESQUIRE, NEW YORK, REDBOOK, TOWN AND COUNTRY, THE READER'S DIGEST AND THE NEW YORK TIMES MAGAZINE. NOW FULLY IMMERSED IN THE WRITING WORLD, SOPHY, AT THE AGE OF 33, FINISHED HER FIRST NONFICTION BOOK, THE ART CROWD, AN EXPLOSIVE WORK OF INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING THAT EXPOSED THE CORRUPTION OF THE CONTEMPORARY ART MARKET OF DEALERS, AUCTIONS, CRITICS, COLLECTORS AND MUSEUMS. IT WAS HER FIRST BESTSELLER. IN THE PROCESS, SOPHY SO IMPRESSED HER PUBLISHING HOUSE, DAVID MCKAY, THAT SHE BEGAN PART-TIME WORK THERE AS AN ACQUISITIONS EDITOR. SOPHY DIVIDES HER TIME BETWEEN WASHINGTON, D.C. AND TAOS, NEW MEXICO. SHE DELIGHTS IN SPENDING TIME WITH FRIENDS, HER DAUGHTERS AND FOUR GRANDDAUGHTERS AND WITH HER BEAUTIFUL HORSE. SOPHY IS A PROLIFIC PUBLIC SPEAKER, FREQUENTLY GIVING WORKSHOPS AND TALKS ON A WIDE RANGE OF TOPICS, FROM THE SPIRITUAL...
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