Gustav Klimt gave Alma her first kiss. Gustav Mahler fell in love with her at first sight and proposed only a few weeks later. Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius abandoned all reason to pursue her.
Poet and novelist Franz Werfel described her as one of the very few magical women that exist. But who was this woman who brought these most eminent of men to their knees?
In Ecstasy, Mary Sharratt finally gives one of the most controversial and complex women of her time at the center stage. Part cautionary tale, part triumph of the feminist spirit, Ecstasy reveals the true Alma Mahler: composer, author, daughter, sister, mother, wife, lover, and muse.