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American Isis [Audio]


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Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 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. /* Style Definitions */ 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 Friends, Nip/Tuck, Hot in Cleveland, CSI, and more.


Rollyson's (Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews; Norman Mailer) biography of Sylvia Plath (1932-63) draws material from newly released portions of the Ted Hughes archive. Not for those looking for analysis of Plath's poetry, this biography focuses on her correspondence and presents the poet as "the Marilyn Monroe of modern literature." Engagingly read by actor George Newbern, and with occasional over-the-top phrases such as "primordial child of time," this audio-book both perpetuates the Plath myth and provides at least a glimpse of the woman behind the mythology. VERDICT Recommended for those interested in a general -biography of Plath. ["Plath does come across here as a complex, complicated individual, but not as a great one. The author's comparisons to Isis and Monroe are speculative and not really supported by the text. An interesting read but one that does not add much to the scholarship on Plath," read the review of the St. Martin's hc, LJ 12/12.-Ed.]-Wendy Galgan, St. Francis Coll., Brooklyn (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

"The figure that emerges from Rollyson's study is certainly compelling, and very much a woman of her moment and culture." ---Publishers Weekly

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