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Rollyson, Carl E. (Carl Edmund)

Works: 181 works in 653 publications in 1 language and 32,448 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Biographies  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Encyclopedias  Dictionaries  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  Reference works  Biography‡vDictionaries  Bio-bibliography 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3515.E343, B
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Most widely held works about Carl E Rollyson
Most widely held works by Carl E Rollyson
Lillian Hellman : her legend and her legacy by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

9 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 1,224 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In depth critical biography of playwright Lillian Hellman drawn from recently discovered diaries, state department files, and interviews
Susan Sontag : the making of an icon by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

16 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in English and held by 987 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
The lives of Norman Mailer : a biography by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

11 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 905 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biografie van de Amerikaanse schrijver Norman Mailer (1923- )
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 885 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 long fiction( Book )

4 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 879 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
Critical survey of drama( Book )

4 editions published in 2003 in English and held by 751 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 740 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Publisher's description: One of English literature's most famous families, the Bronts︠ 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 Bronts︠ 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 Bronts︠' literary influences and achievements, personal history, and critical reception
Uses of the past in the novels of William Faulkner by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

20 editions published between 1975 and 2016 in English and held by 677 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 585 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 )

19 editions published between 1999 and 2008 in English and held by 568 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 560 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 )

29 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 547 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."
Notable playwrights( Book )

3 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 322 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Biographical sketches and critical studies of 106 important dramatists from antiquity to the present
Hollywood enigma : Dana Andrews by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

7 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 291 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
Amy Lowell anew : a biography by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

6 editions published in 2013 in English and held by 269 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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. Maligned by T.S. Eliot as the 'demon saleswoman' of poetry, and ridiculed by Ezra Pound, Lowell has been treated by previous biographers as an obese, sex-starved, inferior poet who smoked cigars and made a spectacle of herself, canvassing the country on lecture tours that drew crowds in the hundreds for her electrifying performances. In fact, Lowell wrote some of the finest love lyrics of the 20th century and led a full and loving life with her constant companion, the retired actress Ada Russell. She was awarded the Pulitzer Prize posthumously in 1926. This provocative new biography, the first in forty years, restores Amy Lowell to her full humanity in an era that, at last, is beginning to appreciate the contributions of gays and lesbians to American's cultural heritage. Drawing on newly discovered letters and papers, Rollyson's biography finally gives this vibrant poet her due."--The dust-jacket front flap
Notable British novelists( Book )

3 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 252 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
Understanding Susan Sontag by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

7 editions published in 2016 in English and held by 179 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"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 classic texts such as Against Interpretation and On Photography, providing both students and advanced scholars a renewed sense of her importance and impact. Rollyson devotes separate chapters to Sontag's biography; her early novels; her landmark essay collections Against Interpretation and Styles of Radical Will; her films; her major mid-career books, On Photography and its sequel, Regarding the Pain of Others; and Illness as Metaphor and its sequel, AIDS and Its Metaphors, together with her groundbreaking short story, "The Way We Live Now." Sontag's later essay collections and biographical profiles, collected in Under the Sign of Saturn, Where the Stress Falls, and At The Same Time: Essays and Speeches, also receive a fresh assessment, as does her later work in short fiction, the novel, and drama, with a chapter discussing I, etcetera; two historical novels, The Volcano Lover and In America; and her plays, A Parsifal, Alice in Bed, and her adaptation of Ibsen's The Lady from the Sea. Chapters on her diaries and uncollected prose, along with a primary and secondary bibliography, complete this comprehensive study."--
A real American character : the life of Walter Brennan by Carl E Rollyson( Book )

5 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first biography of the prodigiously hard-working actor who embodied the Western ideal
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Critical survey of long fiction
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Susan Sontag : the making of an iconThe lives of Norman Mailer : a biographyHerman Melville A to Z : the essential reference to his life and workCritical survey of long fictionCritical 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