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A prolific author, Carl Rollyson (Department of English) has recently published two new books.  Both deal with biography, a literary genre for which he has an abiding fascination.  Female Icons is a collection of essays and reflections on the lives of Marilyn Monroe, Lillian Hellman and Susan Sontag as well as such historical figures as the Brontes, Marie Curie, Mary Wollstonecraft, Harriet Tubman, Mary Stuart and others.  A number of these pieces first appeared in The New York Sun, a paper to which Rollyson contributes regularly.  Others later became full-fledged biographies.

Rollyson’s other recent book is entitled British Biography: A Reader and includes selections from such literary milestones as Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson (1791), as well as Mrs. Gaskell’s biography of Charlotte Bronte and Anthony Froude’s controversial study of the life of Thomas Carlyle.  Rollyson suggests that the tension in British biography between discretion and candor has never been fully resolved.  Both books have been published electronically by iUniverse. 

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