A Grandfather's Dream of Fair Women contains the stories of 22 American illustrators that created the "Ideal American Girl" from the 1890s until the 1930s. The result of nearly 50 years of research, the book documents the personal lives and careers of a group of well-known and some lesser known artists that adorned books, magazines, prints, calendars, postcards and advertising with their version of an Ideal Girl. Their artistic images were delineated in different styles and the subjects often guided the fashions of the day. Hundreds of colorful images reveal the awesome talent of artists such as Charles Dana Gibson, Harrison Fisher, Howard Chandler Christy, Neysa McMein and many others. The book reflects not only the work created by these artists, but also reveals personal stories about their lives, marriages, divorces, families, affairs with models, suicides, and some very interesting reading.