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This book includes a selection of Rollyson's New York Sun book reviews dealing with female icons such as Mary Stuart, Mary ...
This book includes a selection of Rollyson's New York Sun book reviews dealing with female icons such as Mary Stuart, Mary Wollstonecraft, The Brontës, Marie Curie, Harriet Tubman, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Sylvia Plath. Rollyson's writing about icons has provoked him to question the process by which selves are defined. Discovering the shaping mechanisms of the self is simultaneously a way of understanding how biographies are built.
In the end, this book should be of interest not merely to devotees of Monroe, Sontag, and other icons but also to anyone curious about the nature of biography and the biographer.
Posted June 20, 2005
I've included two chapters that were cut from the Sontag biography my wife and I wrote and a long essay on the difficulties of researching Sontag's life. Other pieces such as 'Marilyn Monroe and the Idea of Biography' and 'Writing about Women' give an overview of how I have constructed my biographies, of the nature of icons, and why icons tell us so much about ourselves and biography.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.