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Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice

3.71 of 5 stars 3.71  ·  rating details  ·  294 ratings  ·  9 reviews
From the hauntingly imaginative worlds of the supernatural to the dark sexuality of the truly erotic, the novels of Anne Rice have had the chilling power to connect with readers' deepest, most secret fantasies and have given rise to questions about the enigmatic author herself. Now, in this first full-length biography, emiment scholar Katherine Ramsland provides a revealin ...more
Paperback, Revised, 432 pages
Published October 1st 1994 by Plume (first published 1991)
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Bruce Morse
Anne Rice is an interesting subject but I felt this book spent too much time describing the plots to her books and not enough in depth about the woman herself.
[These notes were made in 1993.:] I have never been as rabid a fan of Anne Rice's work as some people I know, but I have read of enough of her, under her various pseudonyms, to realize that there would be some interest to me in her background, her mental processes, and the unfolding of her life, because we quite clearly have some attitudes and some obsessions that coincide. I was briefly suspicious, when I started the book, that "Katherine Ramsland" might turn out to be yet another "R" pseudonym ...more
Gina M Jordan
Another reason we need half stars. It's a solid 3.5 but not a 4. Only fans of Anne Rice will truly appreciate this biographies sometimes boring depth & repetition. For fans it's fascinating reading until about page 295 & then it loses steam or peters out. The last 45 actual pages (not counting all the filler including index & such), were nearly impossible to get through without falling asleep every 5 pages. I'm still glad I read it, though I'm very mixed about Rice as an author after ...more
Julie H.
This is a wonderful biography that, because of its ability to contextualize the different series, characters, and details in Rice's writing, convinced me to take the plunge into her work. I would love to have as in-depth an updated explanation of where Rice has subsequently gone--both with the Mayfair witches and in her turn in more recent years. If you have a friend, teenage child, or anyone who is embarking on Rice's early works, share this book with them!
Renee Parrott
I agree with Bruce Morse's review on here. I love her books that I have read so far and thus wasn't as bothered as he was about the fact that the author delved very deeply into the descriptions of Anne's books. I did however skim when I got bored with the descriptions of her books. I wish the author would have talked about the Anne's life in depth more.
I'm not sure what to expect from biographies, but for some reason it felt like this one just had something missing...
Jennifer Hoff
This biography reads as easy as Anne's novels -- it's great insight into what shaped her imagination.
Elizabeth Engstrom
Excellent biographical work on a very interesting individual.
Interesting, but a bit too detailed.
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