Michael Ennis

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Michael Ennis has been a regular contributor to Texas Monthly since 1977. He is the New York Times best-selling author of the historical novels The Malice of Fortune, Duchess of Milan, and Byzantium, which have been published worldwide. He earned his degree in history from the University of California, Berkeley; taught art history at the University of Texas, Austin; and is a former John D. Rockefeller III Foundation Fellow. His nonfiction writing, on subjects ranging from military preparedness and national politics to art and architecture, has won several national awards; been included in the curriculum of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point; and has been published in a number of books and anthologies as well as magazines such as Esquire, ARTnews, and Architectural Digest.

Art |
July 31, 1981


Artists and art organizations are getting cut off from the federal dole - and maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

Art |
April 1, 1981

Little Big Museum

While other U.S. museums sought Rembrandts and Cészannes, Fort Worth’s maverick Amon Carter Museum collected an astound assortment of paintings and photographs of the American West.

Reporter |
February 1, 1981

Texas Monthly Reporter

Cultural triumph in San Antonio; mayoral high jinks in Matamoros; electoral tableau in Austin; political protest in Dallas.

Feature |
January 1, 1981

Rags to Riches

When buyers and sellers converge on Dallas’s Apparel Mart for a week-long orgy of fashionable commerce, high style and discriminating taste confront the cold reality of the bottom line.

Travel & Outdoors |
December 1, 1980

Medicine Men

From pig pancreas pills to pyramid power ice trays, the cure-alls of these unorthodox healers are aimed at getting you back on the right wavelength.

Art |
September 30, 1980


Leon Box is a retarded artist whose work underscores the beauty and absurdity of a world he has seen very little of.

Travel & Outdoors |
July 31, 1980

The Conqueror Worm

All the beautiful kickers gathered in Houston for the premiere of Urban Cowboy. It began at a shopping center and ended in a honk-tonk, and John Travolta had to say he liked it.

Travel & Outdoors |
February 1, 1980

Flipping Out

When big-time gymnastics came to Fort Worth, half the contestants were steely-eyed little girls with the bodies of children and the wills of fanatics.

Art |
February 1, 1980

Ramblin’ Rose

Eminent art critic Barbara Rose has assembled an exhibit of paintings of the eighties. Oh, yeah? Where did she get them?

Art |
December 1, 1979

The Thin Man

Albert Giacometti’s sculptured figures, now at the Dallas Museum of Fine Art, are tall, emaciated, uncomprehending—and breathtaking.

Architecture |
November 1, 1979

The Little Red Warehouse

Institutional green walls and stuffy classrooms are not a part of Houston architect Eugene Aubry’s Awty School design.

Feature |
April 30, 1979

Making It

Six Texas artisans are busy putting the craft back in craftsmanship.