Michael John Burlingham

The Last Tiffany: a Biography of Dorothy Tiffany Burlingham

Reissued in paperback under the title
Behind Glass


“Burlingham’s research, insight, and honesty guarantee that each reader will respond intensely: we can no more escape his family than our own.”
--The New Yorker


“A drama set in a remarkable time in which New York City matured into an international metropolis, Sigmund Freud revolutionized Western thought and Hitler rose and was crushed … This biography is rich in personal and historical detail.”
--The New York Times


“This splendid biography is two books (at least) in one … Toward understanding Dorothy Burlingham, Michael Burlingham (her grandson) gives a richly detailed account not only of her Tiffany forebears but of the distinguished Burlingham family she married into.”
--The Trenton Times


“Michael Burlingham. gives his readers more than just a history of his famous grandmother’s life. Rather, he has written a biography of the dream of dynasty … In a measured, evocative style, Burlingham’s biography transcends its immediate subject. The story it tells is one of both the tragedies and regenerative powers of the family.”
--Chicago Tribune


“Writing as much about the period as about his grandmother, Michael Burlingham … gives a lively and detailed account of his family’s rise to wealth and influence. In addition, he furnishes valuable insights into the early days of psychoanalysis and Dorothy's career in the field, pointing to its successes and failures, especially in his own family.
--Library Journal


“[Burlingham’s book] is one of the best biographies in the whole history of psychoanalysis … [and] an immensely moving human document … One comes away from the book as from a good novel, with a deeper understanding of the complexities of human motives and of how even the most brilliant people can retain the full capacity for self-deception.”
--Psychoanalytic Books


“This is a fascinating and disturbing story of a woman who dedicated her life to psychoanalysis-and lost most of her family in the process … Spanning four generations of Tiffanys, it has the broad sweep of a Russian epic, with the poignant and tragic aspects of a gothic novel.”

--Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association

Selected Works

Biography
“A warts-and-more-warts account of early life among the shrinks.”
-William Putnam (Bill) Bundy
Art history
Presents Tiffany's work in a wide variety of materials; lavishly illustrated with contextual essays by Marilynn A. Johnson, Nina Gray, Rudiger Joppien and Martin Fuller. Preface by Michael Burlingham