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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

by (author) Anne Carson

Publisher
New Directions Publishing
Initial publish date
Feb 2020
Category
Women Authors
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781786827616
    Publish Date
    May 2019
    List Price
    $22.5
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780811229364
    Publish Date
    Feb 2020
    List Price
    $17.95

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Norma Jeane Baker of Troy is a meditation on the destabilizing and destructive power of beauty, drawing together Helen of Troy and Marilyn Monroe, twin avatars of female fascination separated by millennia but united in mythopoeic force. Norma Jeane Baker was staged in the spring of 2019 at The Shed’s Griffin Theater in New York, starring actor Ben Whishaw and soprano Renée Fleming and directed by Katie Mitchell.

About the author

Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. A former MacArthur Fellow, awards for her numerous books include the T.S. Eliot Prize and The Los Angeles Times Book Prize. Red Doc> was recently awarded the Griffin Poetry Prize and the inaugural Folio Prize. Her first full poetry collection, Short Talks, was published by Brick Books in 1992 and was presented as a new edition in 2015: SHORT TALKS: BRICK BOOKS CLASSICS 1.

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Editorial Reviews

There is a stark awareness nowadays that we need new

ways of thinking about female icons like Helen or Marilyn Monroe, new ways to

revolve the traditional male version of such events 360 degrees and find

different, deeper sorrows there.

"This little grenade of a book is difficult to categorize. It's a performance piece and a treatise on war and beauty, reality and fakery, bombshell and bombing—with ancient Greek etymology lessons woven in to show us how the small and everyday becomes epic, and vice versa. Marilyn Monroe (neé Norma Jeane Baker) is fused here with Helen of Troy, and elements of both milieus—Homer and Hollywood—populate the narrative. It's easy to imagine the blunt beauty of Carson's language beingspoken and sung on stage."

There’s no other writer that can present such demands on a feather pillow for the reader, fuse erudition with insights so fluidly, and naturalize unorthodoxy in a manner preserving stylistic originality with timeless thought.

"Carson at her best: arresting, exact, at once surprising and unsurprised. She depends on Euripides throughout, but pushes him further than he was prepared to go."

This book fuses poetry, fun Greek history lexicon lessons, Helen, and Marilyn. 'War creates two categories of persons: those who outlive it and those who don't.//Both carry wounds.' Delicious couplets. There are dancers who have internalized the music to such a high vibration that they no longer fit into a strict categorization for what they do. They weave with the music in an ancient alien way. Anne Carson brings intergalactic musical moves to the written page. 'Hermione it’s me, hello hello hello hello hello.' I dare you to get to that line and not ache. How does an artist write this way? Brilliance and cherries light her stage

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