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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (76 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carl Rollyson Narrator: George Newbern Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Carl Rollyson presents a startling new vision of Sylvia Plath—the first to draw from the recently opened Ted Hughes archive.

The life and work of Sylvia Plath has taken on the proportions of myth. Educated at Smith, she had an epically conflict-filled relationship with her mother, Aurelia. She then married the poet Ted Hughes and plunged into the Sturm und Drang of married life in the full glare of the world of English and American letters. Her poems were fought over, rejected, accepted, and ultimately embraced by readers everywhere. Dead at thirty, she committed suicide by putting her head in an oven while her children slept.

Her poetry collection titled Ariel became a modern classic. Her novel The Bell Jar has a fixed place on student reading lists. American Isis will be the first Plath biography benefiting from the new Ted Hughes archive at the British Library which includes forty-one letters between Plath and Hughes as well as a host of unpublished papers. The Sylvia Plath 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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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jim | 12/28/2013

    " A serious book that I am still processing as I write a full review for later in the week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lenore | 12/18/2013

    " Author Rollyson has a different view of Sylvia Plath, which tends to take the focus from her celebrity and look at what made her creatively write. He does include her life with Ted Hughes, but with a different perspective. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Judy | 10/28/2013

    " I stopped before the end. I am not a great fan of psychoanalytical biographies; I spend too much time disagreeing with the author's point of view. It's too bad because I was really looking forward to this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Esther | 10/5/2013

    " Has some interesting theories on Plath - striving to create her own literary legend in her lifetime. "

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About the Author

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. He has authored over five hundred articles on American and European literature and history. Rollyson is president emeritus of the International Rebecca West Society.