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Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice (SIGNED by Anne Rice)

Ramsland, Katherine

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ISBN 10: 0525933700 / ISBN 13: 9780525933700
Published by Dutton, 1991
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Ramsland, Katherine., Dutton, 1991, c1991, 1st Edition, boards & cloth (hard cover), very good++ with very good- dj (minor color bleed to reverse), 385 pp with Rice bibliography, chronology, source notes & index, B&W photographic illus., tall 8vo, nicely SIGNED by Anne Rice (no inscription), ISBN: 0525933700, 'Here is the whole story of the young Anne Rice, born Howard Allen O'Brien in a Gothic-like New Orleans to a beautiful, brilliant, and ultimately doomed mother and a complex father', SIGNED by subject. Bookseller Inventory # 76830

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Title: Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice...

Publisher: Dutton

Publication Date: 1991

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Good

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Recounts the life of a writer best known for vampire novels but also the author of erotica under pseudonyms, and discusses her work


Given the macabre and often lurid subject matter of Anne Rice's fiction, one would imagine that a good biography of her would uncover some pretty spicy details, and, in fact, Katherine Ramsland's Prism of the Night does a pretty good job of balancing analysis of Rice's work with a probing and revealing investigation of her life. Ramsland, a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, extensively interviewed Rice for the book, and Stan Rice (Anne's poet-husband) read the manuscript. Throughout, Ramsland fulfills the promise of her introduction: "My approach combines psychological interpretation with philosophical themes. As I read the novels, I looked for qualities that transcended genre, while also developing autobiographical sketches.... This book is the result of an involved and sincere attempt to trace in her writing elements of literary creativity manifested in psychological sources." Often, close readings of the fiction are coupled with commentary about the key events (emotional, personal, literary, etc.) in Rice's life that likely impacted her characters and plots. The section on the death of Rice's daughter as it manifests in Interview with the Vampire is especially wrenching. The book will be appreciated by fans for its extensive direct citation of Rice and her closest friends and relatives, and for its diverse collection of photographs. --Patrick O'Kelley

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