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Rollyson, Carl E. (Carl Edmund)

Works: 180 works in 615 publications in 2 languages and 31,035 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Biographies  Reference works  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography  Biography‡vDictionaries 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3569.O6547, B
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Most widely held works about Carl E Rollyson
Most widely held works by Carl E Rollyson
American Isis : the life and art of Sylvia Plath by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

13 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of legend. Educated at Smith, Plath had a conflicted relationship with her mother. She married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the sturm und drang of literary celebrity. Her poems were fought over, rejected--and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. At age thirty she committed suicide. Ariel, a collection of poems she wrote at white-hot speed during her final months, became a modern classic. Her novel, The Bell Jar, has become a part of the literary canon. On the fiftieth anniversary of her death, Carl Rollyson gives us a new biography that shows her as a powerful figure who embraced both high and low culture, a writer who wanted nothing less than to become central to the mythology of modern consciousness. This is the first biography of Plath to use materials newly deposited in the Ted Hughes archive at the British Library--including 41 letters between Plath and Hughes--to create a fresh and startling look at this American icon.--From publisher description
Lillian Hellman : her legend and her legacy by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 1,238 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In depth critical biography of playwright Lillian Hellman drawn from recently discovered diaries, state department files, and interviews
The lives of Norman Mailer : a biography by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 913 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse schrijver Norman Mailer (1923- )
Critical survey of long fiction( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 912 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains entries that provide biographical and career information about seventy-one world authors of long fiction, each with data on dates and places of birth and death, lists of principal works, a critical essay, and a bibliography; arranged alphabetically from A-to-Cap
Susan Sontag : the making of an icon by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and Portuguese and held by 906 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Delves beneath the surface to examine the forces that made Sontag an international icon, exploring her public persona and private passions, including the strategies behind her meteoric rise to fame and her political moves
Herman Melville A to Z : the essential reference to his life and work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

12 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 893 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: Although he spent much of his career in obscurity, Herman Melville has since become known as one of America's greatest novelists, short story writers, and poets. The author of Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, Typee, White-Jacket, "Bartleby the Scrivener," and many other classic works, Melville was rediscovered in the 1920s by a new generation of writers who saw in his work an evolving sense of modernism. His work is now an integral part of the high school and college curriculum, and writers as diverse as Jack London, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, and Norman Mailer have paid homage to Melville's poetry and prose. Herman Melville A to Z is the most comprehensive guide to his life and work. Entries examine the characters and settings of his novels and short stories, the critics and scholars who commented on his work, and Melville's friends and associates, including such prominent literary figures as Oliver Wendell Holmes and Nathaniel Hawthorne
Critical survey of drama( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 772 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Combines, updates, and expands two earlier Salem Press reference sets: Critical survey of drama, Rev. ed., English language series, published in 1994, and Critical survey of drama, Foreign language series, published in 1986. This new 8 vol. set contains 602 essays, of which 538 discuss individual dramatists and 64 cover broad overview topics. The dramatist profiles contain more than 310 photographs and drawings
The Brontës A to Z : the essential reference to their lives and work by Lisa Olson Paddock( Book )

14 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 741 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: One of English literature's most famous families, the Bronts are known as much for their short lives as for the unforgettable works they produced: Charlotte's Jane Eyre, Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Anne's Agnes Grey, among others. Now, in one encyclopedic resource, readers can explore the life and work of each writer as an individual and as part of an unusually creative family. The Bronts A to Z is an indispensable, easy-to-use reference to the world of the Bront family: sisters Charlotte, Emily, and Anne; their brother, Branwell; and their father, Patrick. Drawing on a wide range of sources, including correspondence, reviews, biographical studies, and the texts themselves, this book covers the Bronts' literary influences and achievements, personal history, and critical reception
Uses of the past in the novels of William Faulkner by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

19 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and held by 679 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Originally selected by Faulkner scholars Blotner and Litz for their series on the author, this pathbreaking monograph contains a comprehensive and provocative discussion of Faulkner's historical vision. Drawing on the rich literature of historiography (including the writings of R.G. Collingwood and Herbert Butterfield), and on a wide-ranging body of scholarship on the historical novel (including discussions of Scott, Thackeray, and Conrad), Rollyson shrewdly probes Faulkner's dynamic and changing uses of the past. Also taking advantage of his own work as a biographer, Rollyson has updated, revised, and expanded his original book-extending his dialogue with recent Faulkner critics
Nothing ever happens to the brave : the story of Martha Gellhorn by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

2 editions published in 1990 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Subtitle on cover: The adventurous life of America's most glamorous and courageous war correspondent
Notable American novelists by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

11 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 572 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This three volume work examines the lives and work of American novelists
Rebecca West : a life by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

5 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 564 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novelist, critic, biographer, travel writer, and investigative journalist, Rebecca West had a keen eye for conflict, and a razor tongue for battle. Called "George Bernard Shaw in skirts" by pundits, she was a woman both feted for her achievements and feared for her cutting wit - "With malice toward all" was her motto, and her barbs are legend. Yet her vitriol was a mask for the pain she spent her life trying to escape. Born Cicily Fairfield to a ne'er-do-well, sexually abusive father and an emotionally fragile mother, she took the name Rebecca West from a strong-willed character in an Ibsen play, and thus began the remarkable process of reinvention that would culminate in her being named Dame of the British Empire at the peak of her career. West's first great love was H.G. Wells, with whom she had a son out of wedlock; her stormy relationship with both father and son would plague her throughout her life. She traveled around the world for her writing, and her fame, beauty and wit drew men to her wherever she went. She left behind a notable train in her wake, including the likes of Wells, Lord Beaverbrook, and Charlie Chaplin. Drawing upon a wealth of never-before-seen archival material and interviews with family and friends, authorized biographer Carl Rollyson has re-created this singular life with compassion, animation, and rare insight. He has plumbed deeply, to the truth behind Dame West's outrageous reputation, and - a harder feat - he has taken the first full measure of her dazzling range of accomplishments. At last, one of this century's most gifted and colorful writers has been given the biography she so richly deserves
Marilyn Monroe : a life of the actress by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

27 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 553 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In American popular culture, Marilyn Monroe(1926-1962) has evolved in stature from movie superstar to American icon. Monroe's own understanding of her place in the American imagination and her effort to perfect her talent as an actress are explored with great sensitivity in Carl Rollyson's engaging narrative. He shows how movies became crucial events in the shaping of Monroe's identity. He regards her enduring gifts as a creative artist, discussing how her smaller roles in The Asphalt Jungle and All About Eve established the context for her career, while in-depth chapters on her more important roles in Bus Stop, Some Like It Hot, and The Misfits provide the centerpiece of his examination of her life and career. Through extensive interviews with many of Monroe's colleagues, close friends, and other biographers, and a careful rethinking of the literature written about her, Rollyson is able to describe her use of Method acting and her studies with Michael Chekhov and Lee Strasberg, head of the Actors' Studio in New York. The author also analyzes several of Monroe's own drawings, diary notes, and letters that have recently become available. With over thirty black and white photographs (some published for the first time), a new foreword, and a new afterword, this volume brings Rollyson's 1986 book up to date. 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."
Encyclopedia of American literature( Book )

6 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Three volumes present a comprehensive reference guide to American literature, from the colonial period through the 20th century
Reading Susan Sontag : a critical introduction to her work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

9 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 484 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Each of the chapters in Reading Susan Sontag is devoted to one of her books and is divided into three sections: synopsis, Ms. Sontag's own views of her work, and critical commentary. Thus it moves from basic knowledge to more sophisticated interpretation." "A glossary at the end of the book defines the terms and figures of speech that characterize Ms. Sontag's essays and may inhibit readers who do not share her formidable command of world culture. It also traces her use of allusions to other writers from one essay to the next." "In all, readers will find Reading Susan Sontag to be an enormously useful companion to the work of one of our major writers."--Jacket
Critical companion to Herman Melville : a literary reference to his life and work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

9 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presents a guide to the life and literary accomplishments of the American author, including analyses of the contents and characters of each of his works
Notable playwrights( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical sketches and critical studies of 106 important dramatists from antiquity to the present
Critical survey of mystery and detective fiction( Book )

5 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 308 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This is a comprehensive survey of mystery and detective fiction that covers more than 390 writers and includes overviews on more than three dozen aspects of the genre. Continuing the Salem Press tradition of Critical Survey series, Critical Survey of Mystery and Detective Fiction, Revised Edition provides detailed analyses of the lives and writings of major contributors to the fascinating literary subgenre of mystery and detective fiction. This greatly expanded five-volume set is the first full revision of a work that originally appeared in 1988. This new edition updates or replaces all the original articles and adds entirely new articles on 118 more authors, raising the total to 393 articles. It also adds 38 entirely new overview essays and 5 new appendixes. Covered here are such well-known mystery writers as Raymond Chandler, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, Erle Stanley Gardner, Dashiell Hammett, Edgar Allan Poe, and Dorothy L. Sayers. New to this edition are such venerable writers as Louisa May Alcott, Edward Stratemeyer, and Margaret Truman. Popular contemporary writers, such as Mary Higgins Clark, Patricia Cornwell, John Dunning, John Grisham, Thomas Harris, Rolando Hinojosa, Scott Turow, J.K. Rowling, and Stuart Woods and also included. This set is designed to meet the needs of secondary school and college undergraduate students. Articles on authors are arranged alphabetically, by the names or pen names under which the authors publish their mystery fiction. Each article is formatted identically, opening with ready-reference data on the author's name, pseudonyms, birth and death dates and places, and types of plots. The main text of the article is broken into three parts; Contribution sums up the author's place in the mystery and detective fiction genre and discusses what sets the author apart from others in the field. Biography, provides a brief summary of the author's life
Hollywood enigma : Dana Andrews by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

6 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 290 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The complete story of a great actor, his difficult struggle to overcome alcoholism while enjoying the accolades of his contemporaries, a successful term as president of the Screen Actors Guild, and the love of family and friends that never deserted him
Notable British novelists( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Contains biographical sketches and career analyses of 104 of the best-known and most studied English, Scottish, and Irish writers of long fiction from the fifteenth through the twentieth centuries
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The lives of Norman Mailer : a biographyCritical survey of long fictionSusan Sontag : the making of an iconHerman Melville A to Z : the essential reference to his life and workCritical survey of dramaThe Brontës A to Z : the essential reference to their lives and workUses of the past in the novels of William FaulknerNotable American novelists