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Rollyson, Carl E. (Carl Edmund)

Works: 178 works in 447 publications in 1 language and 27,730 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Dictionaries  Biography‡vDictionaries  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Bio-bibliography‡vDictionaries  History  Bio-bibliography  Encyclopedias  Stories, plots, etc  Handbooks, manuals, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Speaker
Classifications: PS371, B
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Most widely held works by Carl E Rollyson
Notable American novelists by Carl E Rollyson( )
13 editions published between 2000 and 2008 in English and held by 2,777 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Presents biographical sketches and analytical overviews of some of the best-known American and Canadian writers of long fiction from the 19th and 20th centuries. Surveys the novelists whose works are included in core curricula of high school and undergraduate literature studies
Notable British novelists ( )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 1,869 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
Notable playwrights ( )
5 editions published between 2004 and 2005 in English and held by 1,649 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 ( )
9 editions published between 2008 and 2011 in English and held by 1,395 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Provides detailed analyses of the lives and writings of major contributors to the literary subgenre of mystery and detective fiction. Also includes essays that explore the history and nature of the mystery and detective genre and examine the fiction of ethnic writers and writers from other parts of the world
Critical survey of long fiction by Stephen Harrigan( Book )
6 editions published between 2000 and 2010 in English and held by 1,354 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
Lillian Hellman : her legend and her legacy by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
6 editions published between 1988 and 1999 in English and held by 1,284 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In depth critical biography of playwright Lillian Hellman drawn from recently discovered diaries, state department files, and interviews
American Isis : the life and art of Sylvia Plath by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
8 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 1,245 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
Hollywood enigma Dana Andrews by Carl E Rollyson( )
5 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 1,025 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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. Retrospectives of his work often elicit high praise for an underrated actor, a master of the minimalist style. His image personified the "male mask" of the 1940s in classic films such as Laura, Fallen Angel, and Where the Sidewalk Ends, in which he played the "masculine ideal of steely impassivity." No comprehensive discussion of film noir can neglect his performances. He was an "actor's actor." Here at last is 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. Based on diaries, letters, home movies, and other documents, this biography explores the mystery of a poor boy from Texas who made his Hollywood dream come true even as he sought a life apart from the limelight and the backbiting of contemporaries jockeying for prizes and prestige. Called "one of nature's noblemen" by his fellow actor Norman Lloyd, Dana Andrews emerges from Hollywood Enigma as an admirable American success story, fighting his inner demons and ultimately winning
The lives of Norman Mailer : a biography by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
8 editions published between 1991 and 2000 in English and held by 970 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Herman Melville A to Z : the essential reference to his life and work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
8 editions published between 2000 and 2001 in English and held by 910 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
Susan Sontag : the making of an icon by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
5 editions published in 2000 in English and held by 875 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
Critical survey of drama ( Book )
5 editions published between 2003 and 2011 in English and held by 814 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 )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2003 in English and held by 754 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 )
14 editions published between 1975 and 2007 in English and held by 676 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Marilyn Monroe : a life of the actress by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
18 editions published between 1986 and 2014 in English and held by 654 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"--
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 615 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Rebecca West : a life by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 583 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
Encyclopedia of American literature ( Book )
13 editions published between 2002 and 2010 in English and held by 527 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Three volumes present a comprehensive reference guide to American literature, from the colonial period through the 20th century
Critical companion to Herman Melville : a literary reference to his life and work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
5 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 492 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
Reading Susan Sontag : a critical introduction to her work by Carl E Rollyson( Book )
6 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 476 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
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Rollyson, Carl Edmund 1948-
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