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    • Female Icons

    • Marilyn Monroe to Susan Sontag
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Diane Lehman
    • Length: 8 hrs and 44 mins
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    This volume represents more than 25 years of writing about female icons and biography. Rollyson provides the bits and pieces that resulted not only in his biography of Marilyn Monroe but also in much of the work he has subsequently done on Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and on the nature of biography itself.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Reading Biography

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Jonathan R. Clauson
    • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
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    Most book reviewers know very little about the history or the art of biography. Indeed, if there is any art in biography, it is the rare reviewer that acknowledges it or knows how to discuss it. Usually the reviewer regards biography as an occasion to wax eloquent about what he or she thinks of the subject. Little space, if any, is devoted to the biography's structure or style, to the biographer's peculiar problems, or to how the biography relates to others about the same subject.

    Regular price: $14.95

    • Rebecca West: A Modern Sibyl

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Kathleen Godwin
    • Length: 19 hrs and 26 mins
    • Unabridged
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    The biography's new title emphasizes that Rebecca West was a prophet - one not always appreciated in her own day. As early as 1917, she understood where the world was headed and realized that the revolution in Russia held out false hope. Because she took this view as a socialist, those on the left scorned her as an apostate, whereas she understood that Communism would result in a disaster for the British left.

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    • Well written biography of a boring subject

    • By Robyn on 09-18-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Essays in Biography

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Russell Stamets
    • Length: 3 hrs and 20 mins
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    An essay in biography, Rollyson argues, is an effort to comprehend a life that is inherently incomplete and subject to revision. Many of the facts about a biographical subject's life that are blandly presented in reference books have been discovered by biographers at great cost to their reputations. With the history of biography as a censored genre in mind, he encourages consumers of biography to be critical of the biographies they come across - no matter whether those biographies are book-length narratives or short encyclopedia entries.

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    • American Isis

    • The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: George Newbern
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
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    American Isis is the first Plath biography benefiting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library, which includes 41 letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers. The Sylvia Plath that 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.

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    • Sylvia Plath/ Marilyn Monroe, spot the difference!

    • By Rachel on 08-04-15

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress, Revised and Updated

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 11 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
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    From this comprehensive, yet critically measured wealth of material, Rollyson offers a distinctive and insightful portrait of Marilyn Monroe, highlighted by new perspectives that depict the central importance of acting to the authentic aspects of her being.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Beautiful Exile

    • The Life of Martha Gellhorn
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Martha Gellhorn died in February 1998, just shy of her 90th birthday. Well before her death, she had become a legend. She reported on wars from Spain in the 1930s to Panama in the 1980s, and her travel books have become classics. Her marriage to Ernest Hemingway and affairs with legendary lovers like H. G. Wells, and her relationship with two presidents, Roosevelt and Kennedy, reflect her campaigns against tyranny and deprivation, and her outrage at the corruption and cruelty of modern governments.

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    • Professional Narration

    • By Julie P on 05-02-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Understanding Susan Sontag

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Lesley Ann Fogle
    • Length: 5 hrs and 36 mins
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    With the publication of Susan Sontag's diaries, the development of her career can now be evaluated in a more genetic sense, so that the origins of her ideas and plans for publication are made plain in the context of her role as a public intellectual who is increasingly aware of her impact on her culture. In Understanding Susan Sontag, Carl Rollyson not only provides an introduction to her essays, novels, plays, films, diaries, and uncollected work published in various periodicals, he now has a lens through which to reevaluate her classic texts.

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    • Pablo Picasso: A Biography for Beginners

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 1 hr and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Picasso has often been called the greatest artist of this century. This biography defines his greatness: his accomplishment and versatility as a painter, sculptor, graphic artist, ceramicist, and designer. Most of the innovations in 20th century art are associated not only with his work but with the legend he built of himself as the quintessential modern artist.

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    • Good Intro to Modern Historical Revisionism

    • By wbiro on 12-01-17

    Regular price: $6.95

    • American Biography

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Keith Peters
    • Length: 11 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Too many biographers, he believes, evince no interest in the biographical tradition. Concerned only with possession of their subjects, their proprietorial attitude deforms not only their biographies but also the genre itself. If a biography is reviewed badly (receiving hardly more than a summary of the subject's life with a perfunctory nod to the biographer), it is because the biographical tradition has been disregarded or discounted. This book, in other words, has been created on the behalf of biography, a genre that still awaits a full vindication.

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    • Will change the way I read a biography

    • By Jean on 10-08-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Thurgood Marshall: Perseverance for Justice

    • By: Carl Rollyson, Lisa Paddock
    • Narrated by: Chris Abell
    • Length: 44 mins
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    Thurgood Marshall was one of the original forces behind the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), one of the organizations that advocated the rights of African Americans in the 20th century. His pursuit of civil rights reached a highpoint when, as a lawyer, he helped the NAACP win Brown vs. Board of Education, the Supreme Court case that ended segregation in education in American public schools.

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    • Hollywood Enigma

    • Dana Andrews, Hollywood Legends
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 14 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Dana Andrews (1909-1992) worked with distinguished directors such as John Ford, Lewis Milestone, Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, William Wyler, William A. Wellman, Mervyn Le Roy, Jean Renoir, and Elia Kazan. He played romantic leads alongside the great beauties of the modern screen, including Joan Crawford, Elizabeth Taylor, Greer Garson, Merle Oberon, Linda Darnell, Susan Hayward, Maureen O'Hara, and most important of all, Gene Tierney, with whom he did five films.

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    • A New look at an Old Star

    • By S.P.C. on 07-03-18

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    • A Higher Form of Cannibalism?

    • Adventures in the Art and Politics of Biography
    • By: Carl E. Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Chris Abell
    • Length: 5 hrs and 14 mins
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    Since Wilde's condemnation of modern biography, the genre would appear to have accelerated its descent into bad taste. As Carl Rollyson points out, writers as various as Rebecca West, Ted Hughes, and Joyce Carol Oates have deplored biographers' tendency to cut up lives and render the bloody data so as to make their subjects seem unhealthy, unwholesome, and unsound. Janet Malcolm has compared biographers to burglars; modern novels feature the biographer as grave robber and victimizer.

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    • Amy Lowell Among Her Contemporaries

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
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    This engaging collection of essays restores Amy Lowell's rightful place in the history of American literature. Carl Rollyson, author of several major literary biographies, corrects the distorted and often hostile accounts of Lowell that have appeared in biographies of D. H. Lawrence, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, and other writers who collaborated with her in establishing the "new poetry" as an integral part of post-World War I American culture.

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    • British Biography

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Byrwec Ellison
    • Length: 12 hrs and 58 mins
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    Biography as a literary genre is largely the product of the 18th century and of one seminal work, James Boswell's Life of Samuel Johnson (1791). Boswell's innovations revolutionized the genre and made it the target of suppression and censorship. He sought not only to memorialize a great man but also to reveal his flaws. Boswell reported long stretches of Johnson's conversation, noted his mannerisms, and in general gave an intimate picture such as no biography had ever before dared to attempt.

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    • Amy Lowell Anew

    • A Biography
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Suzan Lynn Lorraine
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
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    The controversial American poet Amy Lowell (1874-1925), a founding member of the Imagist group that included D. H. Lawrence and H. D., excelled as the impresario for the "new poetry" that became news across the U. S. in the years after World War I.

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    • Emily Dickinson

    • Self-Discipline in the Service of Art
    • By: Carl Rollyson, Lisa Paddock
    • Narrated by: John Stamper
    • Length: 58 mins
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    Emily Dickinson exemplified the virtue of self-discipline. She wrote poetry largely for her own pleasure, and to exercise and increase her creative talents. Very few of her poems were published during her own lifetime, yet we know that she wrote consistently - perhaps every day - over several decades. Poetry was her way of knowing herself and understanding the world.

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    • Boooooo Where's the scholarship?

    • By J. A. on 11-01-15

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    • Lillian Hellman

    • Her Life and Legend
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Colleen Patrick
    • Length: 18 hrs and 21 mins
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    He provides entertaining and informative accounts of her feud with Mary McCarthy, and her many love affairs and surprising friendships. He also provides a provocative and compelling portrayal of this complex and brilliant woman, who was called everything from a "viper" and "a goddam liar" to "an empathetic genius with a highly original and penetrating mind." Near death, Hellman spoke of being blocked; this biography will show what got in her way.

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    • A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan

    • Hollywood Legends Series
    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Neil Reeves
    • Length: 9 hrs and 54 mins
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    Rollyson fully explores Brennan's work with Hollywood's greatest directors, such as Howard Hawks, John Ford, and Fritz Lang. As a father and grandfather, Brennan instilled generations of his family with an outlook on the American Dream that remains a sustaining feature of their lives today. His conservative politics, which grew out of his New England upbringing and his devout Catholicism, receive meticulous attention and a balanced assessment in A Real American Character.

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    • Lives of the Novelists

    • By: Carl Rollyson
    • Narrated by: Thomas D. Hand
    • Length: 6 hrs and 15 mins
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    Rollyson proposes a number of apologias for biography, including the thought that in the right hands the literary biography is a continuation of the writer's work and life. In such instances, there seems to be a symbiosis between the biographer and subject. In other cases, biographies spearhead the rediscovery of important writers. He rejects the idea that literary figures are not good subjects for biography because they are not men and women of action.

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