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Francine Prose was born on April 1, 1947. She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968. She received the PEN Translation Prize in 1988 and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991. Francine Prose novel The Glorious Ones, has been adapted into a musical with the same title by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen vis mere Flaherty. It ran at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater at Lincoln Center in New York City in the fall of 2007. Prose has served as president of PEN American Center, a New York City based literary society of writers, editors, and translators that works to advance literature in 2007 and 2008. Prose novel, Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award. One of her novels, Household Saints, was adapted for a movie by Nancy Savoca. In 2014 her title Lovers at the Chameleon Club - Paris 1932, made The New York Times Best Seller List. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Værker af Francine Prose

Blue Angel (2000) 998 eksemplarer
Goldengrove (2008) 587 eksemplarer
A Changed Man (2005) 523 eksemplarer
The Mrs Dalloway Reader (2003) — Redaktør — 423 eksemplarer
After (2003) 406 eksemplarer
Mister Monkey (2016) 268 eksemplarer
My New American Life (2011) 251 eksemplarer
Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins (2003) 223 eksemplarer
Guided Tours of Hell: Novellas (1997) 193 eksemplarer
The Vixen (2021) 185 eksemplarer
Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005) 184 eksemplarer
Touch (2009) 180 eksemplarer
Bullyville (2007) 176 eksemplarer
What to Read and Why (2018) 157 eksemplarer
The Turning (2012) 150 eksemplarer
Hunters and Gatherers (1995) 139 eksemplarer
The Peaceable Kingdom: Stories (1993) 134 eksemplarer
Household Saints (1981) 134 eksemplarer
Bigfoot Dreams (1997) 115 eksemplarer
Primitive People (1992) 107 eksemplarer
Women and Children First: Stories (1988) 89 eksemplarer
Dybbuk: A Story Made in Heaven (1996) 52 eksemplarer
Judah the Pious (1973) 52 eksemplarer
The Glorious Ones (1974) 47 eksemplarer
Hungry Hearts (1983) 34 eksemplarer
Marie Laveau (1977) 30 eksemplarer
Stories from Our Living Past (1974) 25 eksemplarer
Cleopatra: Her History, Her Myth (2022) 25 eksemplarer
Tin House 31 (Spring 2007): Evil (2007) 17 eksemplarer
Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig (2005) 17 eksemplarer
Tim Davis: The New Antiquity (2010) 14 eksemplarer
Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms (1700) 8 eksemplarer
Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato (2009) 8 eksemplarer
Chihuly: Faxes (2016) 4 eksemplarer
Liza Lou (2011) 4 eksemplarer
Animal magnetism (1978) 4 eksemplarer
Titian's Pietro Aretino (2020) 2 eksemplarer
School For Murder 1 eksemplar

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Storm over Jamaica (1929) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver2,078 eksemplarer
Hangsaman (1951) — Forord, nogle udgaver759 eksemplarer
A Man's Place (1983) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver646 eksemplarer
Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Bidragyder — 550 eksemplarer
In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians (2002) — Bidragyder — 529 eksemplarer
Ni og en halv uge (1978) — Forord, nogle udgaver467 eksemplarer
The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life (1900) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver442 eksemplarer
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Bidragyder — 390 eksemplarer
The Life and Death of Harriet Frean (1922) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver369 eksemplarer
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (1997) — Bidragyder — 294 eksemplarer
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Bidragyder — 289 eksemplarer
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Bidragyder — 272 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 2012 (2012) — Bidragyder — 224 eksemplarer
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Bidragyder — 192 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Bidragyder — 180 eksemplarer
The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant (1996) — Introduktion — 178 eksemplarer
A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (1983) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver177 eksemplarer
Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word (2009) — Bidragyder — 176 eksemplarer
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Bidragyder — 134 eksemplarer
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Bidragyder — 127 eksemplarer
Granta 115: The F Word (2011) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers (1990) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Bidragyder — 113 eksemplarer
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (2011) — Bidragyder — 112 eksemplarer
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Bidragyder — 98 eksemplarer
Tremor Of Bliss: Contemporary Writers on the Saints (1994) — Bidragyder — 90 eksemplarer
Best Food Writing 2009 (2009) — Bidragyder — 86 eksemplarer
Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex (1999) — Bidragyder — 84 eksemplarer
Double Bind: Women on Ambition (2017) — Bidragyder — 69 eksemplarer
De wederopstanding van de bakker (1997) — Oversætter, nogle udgaver52 eksemplarer
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Bidragyder — 50 eksemplarer
Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (2009) — Introduktion — 50 eksemplarer
Yours in Food, John Baldessari (2004) — Bidragyder — 39 eksemplarer
The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House (2012) — Bidragyder — 37 eksemplarer
At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die (2012) — Introduktion — 31 eksemplarer
Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary: Stories (2022) — Introduktion, nogle udgaver19 eksemplarer
Richard Wathen (2007) — Introduktion — 2 eksemplarer
Anne Frank, l'intégrale (1947) — Bidragyder, nogle udgaver1 eksemplar

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pages to mark when I buy this title: xv, xvi, 13, 117, 225, 257, 264, 268 -9, 271, 272 (entered 11.19.23)
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Overgaard | 3 andre anmeldelser | Nov 19, 2023 |
Dismissing Historical Misogyny & Hollywood Luridness
Review of the Yale University Press paperback (October 17, 2023) of the original Yale University Press hardcover (November 1, 2022).

She continues to fascinate us to this day. The final ruler of Egypt before its annexation to the Roman Empire is known to us as Cleopatra (c70 BCE - 30 BCE), but was actually Cleopatra VII of the Ptolemic Dynasty. She was a descendant of Ptolemy I (367 BCE to 282 BCE), one of Alexander the Great's Greek Macedonian generals who ruled Egypt as one of the several successor kings who carved up their conquered empire after the death of their leader.

Because of some gaps in the knowledge of her parental lineage, there is speculation that she may have been of mixed race. This has resulted in recent controversies such as the reaction to the Netflix documentary (2023) and the possible casting of the mixed race actor Zendaya in a rumoured future feature film.

Francine Prose gives a "feminist reinterpretation" of both the ancient historical accounts and the later Hollywood film depictions. All of these emphasize her as a diabolical temptress and seducer who led "noble" Romans such as Julius Caesar and Marc Antony astray. Those early accounts were written by Roman historians of course, often well after the actual events. These accounts often ignore the fact that she was the ruler of Egypt and sought to protect her children and the independence of Egypt for the future. She unfortunately allied herself with the losing forces who were either assassinated such as Caesar or committed suicide such as Antony. Cleopatra herself chose to commit suicide rather than be paraded through the streets of Rome by Octavian (later known as Emperor Augustus).

Sidenote: A lot of this reminded me of the blackening of the reputation of the last Plantagenet-Yorkist King Richard III in the later Tudor accounts such as Shakespeare's play. Recent history has sought to restore that reputation. Mystery fans should read Josephine Tey's The Daughter of Time (1951) for a fictional reexamination of the murder of the princes in the Tower of London.

Back to Cleopatra. In any case, Prose makes an interesting argument for reading those early accounts with a grain of salt and remembering who they were written by and for whom. Hollywood of course takes the most extreme stories and builds on them even further. So we have bizarre stories handed down such as Cleopatra being presented to Caesar after being rolled up in a rug and later committing suicide with the aid of an asp being smuggled in a basket of figs.

See photograph at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3e/Kleopatra-VII.-Altes-M...
Bust of Cleopatra VII in the Altes Museum Berlin. Image sourced from Wikipedia where it is described as a Roman sculpture of Cleopatra wearing a royal diadem, mid-1st century BC (around the time of her visits to Rome in 46–44 BC). For an interesting video on What Did Cleopatra Look Like? based on extrapolating from this bust, see Trivia below.

See graphic at https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/ba/Kleopatra-Cesarion-god...
Cleopatra introduces her son Caesarion to the Egyptian falcon-headed god of war Montu. Image sourced from Wikimedia Commons.

I enjoyed this reinterpretation of the life of Cleopatra and look forward to reading more of the Ancient Lives series from Yale University Press. I had previously read Sarah Ruden's Vergil, The Poet's Life (2023).

Other Reviews
Francine Prose dispels the sexualized mythology surrounding a powerful ruler by Allison Arieff, Datebook SF Chronicle, October 31, 2022.

Trivia and Links
See a video of What Did Cleopatra Look Like? at the Royalty Now YouTube channel here.

Read an excerpt from the book at The Legend of Cleopatra at Yale University Press.

Cleopatra: Her History, Her Myth is part of Yale University Press's Ancient Lives series which currently includes: Marcus Aurelius: The Stoic Emperor (expected publication February 2024), Vergil: The Poet's Life (2023), Ramesses the Great: Egypt's King of Kings (2023), Julian: Rome’s Last Pagan Emperor (2023), Crassus: The First Tycoon (2022), and Demetrius: Sacker of Cities (2022).
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alanteder | Nov 12, 2023 |
A terrifically well-written book about the perils of selling one's soul for a job. The young protagonist takes on a challenging position editing the slush pile at a mysterious publishing house. Soon enough he finds himself with a manuscript about the two most famous communists, the Rosenbergs, which turns Ethel Rosenberg into the titular Vixen. He resists, but is told the book needs to be released to save the publishing house from bankruptcy, and reluctantly takes on the project. He's not doing it to save the company, though - he wants his job.
Mysteries abound and I found it hard to put the book down, but I was relieved when it came to the end. For one thing, the main character is a hopelessly self-centred neurotic. The whining about everything and self-pity may have been supposed to be funny, but much as in Woody Allen's neurotic male characters, it simply became irritating. And hey, it's another take on how men want to have sex with anything that's female, no matter how inappropriate it might be, or how ridiculous it all seems.
Just once I'd like to see a story where the male and female characters can be colleagues without feeling the need to leap into a nearby bush. Simon Putnam, in particular, seems like such a flaccid character all the lust seems impossible. Who would want to have sex with him, anyway? He's a total drip.
This aside, the plot spins out of control, even in Francine Prose's expert hands. She writes beautifully, and that's why I picked up the book in the first place, bonded endlessly as I am to her other book about "Reading like a Writer", and her columns for the NYRB. Unfortunately, the last few chapters feel tacked on, as if in response to an editor saying, "But what happened to...?" I'm all for a good epilogue but these several short chapters added nothing, really, and just took away from the actual end of the story.
So, sadly disappointed.
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Dabble58 | 17 andre anmeldelser | Nov 11, 2023 |
As someone that is just getting into absorbing books, and having a tough time with my ADHD, this book helped bring to light things I hadn't learned before (before you @ me, I didn't go to college, so I'm learning on my own), and to really focus on what is being told, and in turn this book has helped me really think about authorial intent, and help me in my own writing.

I also am a musician, and I know plenty of musicians that pay attention to the same sort of steps--lines, riffs, vox, drum beat--all of which is inspired by previous songs that I pay attention to the parts of them.

This book has helped me refresh my love for literature, and I know, given the other reviews, that there are other points that I'll have to learn as well.
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personalbookreviews | 99 andre anmeldelser | Sep 19, 2023 |



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