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Linda Wagner-Martin

Autor/a de Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life

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Linda Wagner-Martin is Frank Borden Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature emerita at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in the United States. She has published over 75 books, including Hemingway's Wars: The Public and Private Battles and The Routledge Introduction to mostra'n més American Modernism. mostra'n menys

Obres de Linda Wagner-Martin

Sylvia Plath: A Literary Life (1987) 304 exemplars, 2 ressenyes
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: An American Woman's Life (2004) 45 exemplars, 3 ressenyes
Three Lives [Bedford Cultural Editions] (1999) — Editor — 33 exemplars
Critical Essays on Sylvia Plath (1984) 11 exemplars
Barbara Kingsolver (2004) 7 exemplars
Ernest Hemingway: Seven Decades of Criticism (1998) — Editor — 7 exemplars
William Faulkner: Six Decades of Criticism (2002) — Editor — 6 exemplars
The Routledge introduction to American modernism (2016) 6 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Denise Levertov (1967) 5 exemplars
Critical Essays on Anne Sexton (1989) 3 exemplars
The Pearl 3 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Introducing poems (1976) 2 exemplars
John Steinbeck A Literary Life (2017) 2 exemplars
Walt Whitman : a literary life (2021) 1 exemplars

Obres associades

La perla (1947) — Introducció, algunes edicions13,397 exemplars, 206 ressenyes
Els Costums del país (1913) — Introducció, algunes edicions2,436 exemplars, 68 ressenyes
The Heath Anthology of American Literature, Volume 1 (1990) — Col·laborador, algunes edicions; Editor, algunes edicions256 exemplars
The Portable Edith Wharton (Penguin Classics) (2003) — Editor, algunes edicions104 exemplars, 1 ressenya
Hemingway and Women: Female Critics and the Female Voice (2002) — Col·laborador — 7 exemplars


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Nom normalitzat
Wagner-Martin, Linda
Altres noms
Wagner, Linda Welshimer
Data de naixement
País (per posar en el mapa)
Bowling Green State University
professor (English and Comparative Literature)
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Premis i honors
Guggenheim Fellowship
Hubbell Medal for lifetime achievement in American literature (2011)
Biografia breu
Linda Wagner-Martin is Hanes Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA. She was the 2011 recipient of the Hubbell Medal for lifetime service in American literature (sponsored by the MLA), and has received the Guggenheim fellowship, the senior National Endowment for the Humanities fellowship, the Bunting Institute fellowship, and awards from the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Philosophical Association and others. She has published more than fifty-five books of criticism, some edited, including Sylvia Plath: A Biography (1987) and “Favored Strangers”: Gertrude Stein and Her Family (1995), as well as studies of Ernest Hemingway, Zelda Fitzgerald, Barbara Kingsolver, and others. Recent books are A History of American Literature from 1950 to the Present (2013) and Toni Morrison and the Maternal (2014).



This was a depressing difficult book to read. Zelda was an athletic beautiful young woman, courted by many men, but F Scott Fitzgerald was determined he’d “own” this southern belle himself. He truly believed he owned not only her but all her ideas, what she could and couldn’t do with her life, etc. When she tried to exert some independence, particularly in ballet and writing, he blasted her! Her ballet was a waste and her ideas belonged to him. Eventually he broke her, from owning her and everything she did, having many affairs, and drinking so excessively no one could stand to be around him. So she was institutionalized—and he insisted on demanding the treatments she received—until her doctors, belatedly, realized he was her problem. But by then the electric shock treatment and his unrelenting beating her down had ruined her health. Frustratingly, at the beginning of the book, it felt like the author was being an armchair psychiatrist. But then her thorough research shone through. It was obvious how broken she was, from primary sources: letters between Scott/Zelda, Scott/doctors, and a lengthy transcription of a heartbreaking joint therapy session. Zelda loved Scott and wanted to obey and do his bidding, but she needed freedom—physically and emotionally. Highly recommended but it is a disturbing read.… (més)
KarenMonsen | Hi ha 2 ressenyes més | Aug 6, 2023 |
A sudden windfall
just what the doctor ordered
well, he's not sick now.
Eggpants | Jun 25, 2020 |
I reviewed this book for The Year's Work in English Studies, vol. 97 (2018): – perfect for undergraduate classroom use.
james.d.gifford | Apr 4, 2020 |
Broad sweep in selection of essays, careful consideration of detail within a given essay. Addresses verse and stageplays, Eliot's style of language, assessment of Eliot's place in letters, and some biographical detail. Overall provides interpretations to weigh, and accept or reject the offered interpretation. For all the different contributors, the tone is uniform in its equanimity. In this, the collection is like Eliot's own writing.

M.L. Rosenthal's essay on The Waste Land reveals its origins as montage: comprised of sections sometimes published separately, and many eventually edited out or even worked into "The Hollow Men". Rosenthal argues the structure differs from other of Eliot's poetry in that it is formally open, and not so carefully designed as the Quartets, a result of Eliot's deliberate vision and not a lesser achievement.

D.R. Schwarz's essay on "Gerontion" is fascinating, and helpful in making sense of the poem, arguing Eliot deliberately emulates the tradition of a meditation poem but to illustrate a failed attempt at meditation.

W.T Moynihan's essay on Four Quartets provides an analysis of the structure, noting how each Quartet follows a similar outline internally, while also contributing to the overall argument of the complete work. Man's Time contrasted with God's Time.

Each essay is instructive. A fine introduction, worth owning.


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