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American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plathby Carl Rollyson
Synopses & Reviews
The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated at Smith, she had an epically conflict-filled relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of married life in the full glare of the world of English and American letters. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted and, ultimately, embraced by readers everywhere. Dead at thirty, she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept.
Her poetry collection titled Ariel became a modern classic. Her novel The Bell Jar has a fixed place on student reading lists. American Isis will be the first Plath bio benefiting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library which includes forty-one letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers. The Sylvia Plath Carl Rollyson brings to us in American Isis is no shrinking violet overshadowed by Ted Hughes, she is a modern day Isis, a powerful force that embraced high and low culture to establish herself in the literary firmament.
From Carl Rollyson, a startling new vision of Sylvia Plath—the first to draw from the recently-opened Ted Hughes archive.
About the Author
Carl Rollyson, a professor of journalism at Baruch College, the City University of New York, has written over forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of cultural icons such as Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, and Norman Mailer, to studies of American culture, genealogy, children's biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored over five hundred articles on American and European literature and history. His work has been reviewed in newspapers such as the New York Times and the London Sunday Telegraph, and in journals such as American Literature and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. He wrote a column on biography for the New York Sun from 2004 to 2007 and reviews biographies regularly for the New York Observer, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Raleigh News and Observer, and the Kansas City Star. Carl is president emeritus of the International Rebecca West Society. His play, That Woman: Rebecca West Remembers, has been produced at Theatresource in New York City. He is also currently advisory editor for the Hollywood Legends series published by the University Press of Mississippi. Actor George Newbern has appeared in Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride II, Evening Star, Adventures in Babysitting, and many other films. On television, he has had roles on Scandal, Friends, Nip/Tuck, Hot in Cleveland, CSI, and more. George is also known for providing the voice of Superman in Justice League.
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