Carol Strickland

Carol StricklandCarol Strickland is an author, screenwriter and regular correspondent on art, architecture and cultural topics for various publications such as The Christian Science Monitor, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Nation, Art in America and Art & Antiques.

She is the author of the acclaimed art history book The Annotated Mona Lisa: A Crash Course in the History of Art from Prehistoric to Post-Modern and The Annotated Arch: A Crash Course in the History of Architecture. The American Library Association includes The Annotated Mona Lisa in its Top 100 list of recommended books and, having sold 400,000 copies, it is frequently listed as one of Amazon’s best-selling art books. It has been published in multiple editions and translations. Both Annotated books were Book of the Month Club selections. Strickland has also written The Illustrated Timeline of Art History: A Crash Course in Words and Pictures, The Illustrated Timeline of Western Literature, and her essays have appeared in monographs on the artists Paul Waldman and Aris Kalaizis.

Strickland has a Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of Michigan and has taught at Stony Brook University, Rutgers University, Southampton College, Stevens Institute of Technology and La Guardia Community College. She now has a home on Long Island in New York State. Her film scripts have been produced as documentaries and broadcast on cable television. Links to her most recent feature stories can be found under the ‘Events’ tab on her website: She also records her travels and reflections on current cultural topics on Twitter (@carolartbeat).

While researching the art and architecture of Byzantine Constantinople, Carol developed an avid interest in the mysterious and enigmatic figure of Theodora. Click here to read more about the inspiration behind The Eagle and the Swan.