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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 mostrar mais 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) mostrar menos
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Obras por Francine Prose

Blue Angel (2000) 999 exemplares
Goldengrove (2008) 587 exemplares
A Changed Man (2005) 525 exemplares
The Mrs Dalloway Reader (2003) — Editor — 425 exemplares
After (2003) 410 exemplares
Mister Monkey (2016) 275 exemplares
My New American Life (2011) 253 exemplares
Gluttony: The Seven Deadly Sins (2003) 225 exemplares
The Vixen (2021) 193 exemplares
Guided Tours of Hell: Novellas (1997) 192 exemplares
Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (2005) 189 exemplares
Touch (2009) 180 exemplares
Bullyville (2007) 177 exemplares
What to Read and Why (2018) 166 exemplares
The Turning (2012) 155 exemplares
Hunters and Gatherers (1995) 140 exemplares
Household Saints (1981) 139 exemplares
The Peaceable Kingdom: Stories (1993) 133 exemplares
Bigfoot Dreams (1997) 116 exemplares
Primitive People (1992) 108 exemplares
Women and Children First: Stories (1988) 90 exemplares
Dybbuk: A Story Made in Heaven (1996) 53 exemplares
Judah the Pious (1973) 53 exemplares
The Glorious Ones (1974) 48 exemplares
Hungry Hearts (1983) 34 exemplares
Cleopatra: Her History, Her Myth (2022) 30 exemplares
Marie Laveau (1977) 30 exemplares
Stories from Our Living Past (1974) 26 exemplares
Tin House 31 (Spring 2007): Evil (2007) 17 exemplares
Leopold, the Liar of Leipzig (2005) 17 exemplares
Tim Davis: The New Antiquity (2010) 14 exemplares
Jo Ann Callis: Other Rooms (1700) 8 exemplares
Rhino, Rhino, Sweet Potato (2009) 8 exemplares
Chihuly: Faxes (2016) 4 exemplares
Liza Lou (2011) 4 exemplares
Animal magnetism (1978) 4 exemplares
Titian's Pietro Aretino (2020) 2 exemplares
School For Murder 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Middlemarch (1871) — Introdução, algumas edições17,565 exemplares
Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition (1947) — Introdução, algumas edições5,648 exemplares
Cousin Bette (1846) — Introdução, algumas edições2,248 exemplares
A High Wind in Jamaica (1929) — Introdução, algumas edições2,117 exemplares
Hangsaman (1951) — Prefácio, algumas edições785 exemplares
A Man's Place (1983) — Introdução, algumas edições689 exemplares
Writer's Thesaurus (2004) — Contribuidor — 559 exemplares
In the Stacks: Short Stories about Libraries and Librarians (2002) — Contribuidor — 531 exemplares
Nine and a Half Weeks (1978) — Prefácio, algumas edições470 exemplares
The London Scene: Six Essays on London Life (1900) — Introdução, algumas edições450 exemplares
Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories (1992) — Contribuidor — 394 exemplares
The Life and Death of Harriet Frean (1922) — Introdução, algumas edições375 exemplares
The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books (1997) — Contribuidor — 301 exemplares
Reader, I Married Him: Stories Inspired by Jane Eyre (2016) — Contribuidor — 297 exemplares
Half-Minute Horrors (2009) — Contribuidor — 276 exemplares
The Best American Essays 2012 (2012) — Contribuidor — 225 exemplares
We Are the Stories We Tell (1990) — Contribuidor — 193 exemplares
A Scrap of Time and Other Stories (1983) — Tradutor, algumas edições187 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1991 (1991) — Contribuidor — 183 exemplares
The Collected Stories of Mavis Gallant (1996) — Introdução — 182 exemplares
Burn This Book: PEN Writers Speak Out on the Power of the Word (2009) — Contribuidor — 179 exemplares
Four Letter Word: New Love Letters (2007) — Contribuidor — 135 exemplares
The Oxford Book of Jewish Stories (1998) — Contribuidor — 128 exemplares
Hell Hath No Fury: Women's Letters from the End of the Affair (2002) — Prefácio — 123 exemplares
Know the Past, Find the Future: The New York Public Library at 100 (2011) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
America and I: Short Stories by American Jewish Women Writers (1990) — Contribuidor — 116 exemplares
Isaac Bashevis Singer: An Album (2004) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
L.A. Noire: The Collected Stories (2011) — Contribuidor — 115 exemplares
Granta 115: The F Word (2011) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
The Best Spiritual Writing 1998 (1998) — Contribuidor — 101 exemplares
Tremor Of Bliss: Contemporary Writers on the Saints (1994) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
Best Food Writing 2009 (2009) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Neurotica: Jewish Writers on Sex (1999) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Double Bind: Women on Ambition (2017) — Contribuidor — 68 exemplares
De wederopstanding van de bakker (1997) — Tradutor, algumas edições53 exemplares
The Jewish Writer (1998) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
Rasskazy: New Fiction from a New Russia (2009) — Introdução — 50 exemplares
Yours in Food, John Baldessari (2004) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
The Writer's Notebook II: Craft Essays from Tin House (2012) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
The Haves & Have Nots: 30 Stories About Money & Class In America (1999) — Contribuidor — 33 exemplares
At the End of Life: True Stories About How We Die (2012) — Introdução — 31 exemplares
Loss of Memory Is Only Temporary: Stories (2022) — Introdução, algumas edições21 exemplares
Richard Wathen (2007) — Introdução — 2 exemplares
Anne Frank, l'intégrale (1947) — Contribuidor, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum



This book was fairly tedious and found humor in people who had major problems, something that does not amuse me. Of course the woman who had lived a very difficult life and had very little material sustenance was the person who best understood life and its circumstances. It was truly a book of despair that did not appeal to me.
suesbooks | 2 outras críticas | Mar 3, 2024 |
That’s it, I’m never reading a novel that has anything to do with a chimp/monkey again.
lelandleslie | 19 outras críticas | Feb 24, 2024 |
pages to mark when I buy this title: xv, xvi, 13, 117, 225, 257, 264, 268 -9, 271, 272 (entered 11.19.23)
tag 'Powells' means I saw author at reading there
Overgaard | 3 outras críticas | 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 |



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