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Of her approach to biography, Rose has said: "Most people think of a biographer as somebody who accumulates facts about people's lives. . . . But I think of myself as somebody who puts the facts of people's lives into different contexts, or emphasizes shape somehow, and puts facts into new vis mere structures." A feminist critic, Rose's work has focused primarily on the lives of women. In Women of Letters: A Life of Virginia Woolf (1978), which was nominated for a National Book Award, Rose explores the relationship among Woolf's writing, recurring bouts of mental illness, and sexuality. Her most popular work to date has been Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages (1983), a highly readable and penetrating study of the marriages of several famous nineteenth-century writers. Her latest biography Jazz Cleopatra (1989), is a compelling study of the jazz singer and performer Josephine Baker. A collection of essays, Never Say Goodby, was published in 1991. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre

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The Norton Book of Personal Essays (1997) — Bidragyder — 142 eksemplarer
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Bidragyder — 101 eksemplarer
The Best American Essays 1987 (1987) — Bidragyder — 85 eksemplarer

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Rose, Phyllis Davidoff
New York, New York, USA
Middletown, Connecticut, USA
Key West, Florida, USA
New York, New York, USA
Radcliffe College (BA ∙ 1964)
Yale University (MA ∙ 1965)
Harvard College (PhD ∙ 1970)
literary critic
professor of English
de Brunhoff, Laurent (husband)
Wesleyan University
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Phyllis Davidoff spent her childhood on the south shore of Long Island, NY. She graduated summa cum laude from Radcliffe College in 1964 and spent the following year studying English literature at Yale University, where she earned a master's degree. She returned to Harvard to complete her graduate studies, specializing in 19th-century English literature and receiving a Ph.D. in 1970 with a dissertation on Charles Dickens that became the basis for her classic book, Parallel Lives.

She writes under the surname of her first husband, Mark Rose, with whom she had one son. Phyllis Rose began teaching in 1969 as an assistant professor of English at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she spent her entire career, becoming a full professor in 1976 and retiring in 2005. Her first published work was a biography of Virginia Woolf called Woman of Letters (1978). A finalist for the National Book Award, it was in the forefront of feminist re-evaluations of literary figures and contributed to the surge of interest in Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group in the late 1970s.

In 1983, she published Parallel Lives: Five Victorian Marriages, which -- taking as its model Lytton Strachey's famous Eminent Victorians -- considered the institution of marriage through portraits of individual marriages. In 1990, she married Laurent de Brunhoff, author and illustrator of the Babar the Elephant books. Since 1985, Ms. Rose has worked with him on the series.



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Kim.Sasso | 16 andre anmeldelser | Aug 27, 2023 |
Enjoyable and likable book, as Rose reads her way through a somewhat randomly-selected shelf of books at the New York Library society. Along the way she encounters the frustration of Vladimir Nabokov's excessive footnoting and condescending remarks in his translation of Lermontov's A Hero of Our Time, the unexpected pleasures of the doorstop picaresque novel Gil Blas, the discovery of a mostly forgotten novelist, Rhoda Lerman, with whom she becomes friends, and the horrors of the once immensely popular William Le Queux. There are a few others as well, and Rose's comments are fair and perceptive, showing the ability to appreciate parts of even the worst things on her chosen shelf. She also understands the different motivators of these very different writers. I also appreciate that she doesn't knock e-readers, and even speaks of their advantages for transparent reading (vs. reading an old paperback whose pages are crumbling and coming unglued as you read.) Rose goes off on some sidetracks regarding why men don't read books by women and why some women authors are not given the same respect as male authors, even when they write about the same thing. A male author writing a book about a domestic situation is considered "literary fiction", while the woman's book is considered "women's fiction". Rose's points are well made and she doesn't rant.

I'm not sure if I want to pick a shelf of my own and try this experiment. Actually, given how many unread books I have downstairs, I could just do it at home!
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datrappert | 16 andre anmeldelser | Jun 4, 2022 |
This is a wonderful anthology of excerpts from memoirs written by women from a wide range of eras and nationalities. There are 61 entries in all, from around 8 to 20 pages in length. A few are excerpts from books I'd already read, such as Beryl Markhan's [West with the Night] and Anne Frank's diary. Others were from memoirs I feel like I should have already read, like Maxine Hong Kingston's [The Woman Warrior] and Anne Moody's [Coming of Age in Mississippi]. Others were memoirs by women I'd never heard of and who lived lives sometimes privileged, sometimes horrifying and depressing, but always fascinating. Cultural Revolution China, both Revolutionary Era and Soviet Era Russia, India and Pakistan are just a few examples. Kate Millet, Vita Sackville-West and Zora Neale Hurston and M.F.K. Fisher are just three of the famous women who are represented. The collection is a very fertile resource for further reading and is just downright enjoyable in the extreme.

It took me three years to gradually read through this anthology, and I am considering simply starting at the beginning and reading through it again.
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