Carl Rollyson

Carl Rollyson

Carl Rollyson, Professor of Journalism at Baruch College, The City University of New York, has published more than forty books ranging in subject matter from biographies of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman, Martha Gellhorn, Norman Mailer, Rebecca West, Susan Sontag, and Jill Craigie to studies of American culture, genealogy, children's biography, film, and literary criticism. He has authored more than 500 articles on American and European literature and history. His work has been reviewed in newspapers such as The New York Times and the London Sunday Telegraph and in journals such as American Literature and the Dictionary of Literary Biography. For four years (2003-2007) he wrote a weekly column, "On Biography," for The New York Sun and was President of the Rebecca West Society (2003-2007). His play, THAT WOMAN: REBECCA WEST REMEMBERS, has been produced at Theatresource in New York City. Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography (awarded a "We the People" NEH grant) will be published in August 2013. . "Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews, a biography of Dana Andrews was published in September 2012 by University Press of Mississippi. His biography, "American Isis: The Life and Death of Sylvia Plath" was published in February 2013, the fiftieth anniversary of her death. In 2013, he also published Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography, and in 2014 Marilyn Monroe Day by Day. His biography/memoir A Private Life of Michael Foot will be published in August 2015. He is currently at work on two books, Memoirs of a Serial Biographer and a biography of William Faulkner. His reviews of biography appear regularly in The Wall Street Journal, The Minneapolis Star Tribune, The Raleigh News & Observer, The Kansas City Star, and The New Criterion. He is currently advisory editor for the Hollywood Legends series published by the University Press of Mississippi. He welcomes queries from those interested in contributing to the series. Read his column, "Biographology," and his blog on The Last Days of Sylvia Plath, American Isis: The Life and Art of Sylvia Plath. Book trailer: The Life of William Faulkner: Volume 1: The Past is Never Dead. Book trailer: The Life of William Faulkner: Volume 2: This Alarming Paradox. Book trailer: Another video on why I decided to write a Faulkner biography: EXCERPT from The Life of William Faulkner ARTICLES on William Faulkner VIDEO INTERVIEWS Philadelphia Athenaeum (with Larry Wells) (on my career as a biographer). Audio interviews ONLINE INTERVIEWS {Questions for Carl Rollyson, interviewed by Christopher Rieger, Center for Faulkner Studies.} Book trailers, vol 1 & 2:; Another video on why I decided to write a Faulkner biography: My weekly podcast: MORE BOOK TRAILERS Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews. A Private Life of Michael Foot. Norman Mailer: The Last Romantic. A Real American Character: The Life of Walter Brennan. Confessions of a Serial Biographer. Marilyn Monroe: Day by Day. Marilyn Monroe: A Life of the Actress. Amy Lowell Anew: A Biography. Susan Sontag: The Making of an Icon, revised and updated. Audition script for NORMAN MAILER: THE LAST ROMANTIC: MY REVIEWS SYLVIA PLATH Podcast: My Plath-related podcasts: #1: The Last Days of Sylvia Plath; #4: A Tale of Two Bioraphies; #5 Sylvia Plath Meet Rebecca West; #8 How to end a biography; #23 Reviewing Biography: The Case of Sylvia Plath; #26 What is a definitive biography? Videos: The Last Days of Sylvia Plath, publisher’s website and link to book trailer: Another video on why I decided to write a second biography of Sylvia Plath: Reviews Articles
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