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Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice
by Katherine Ramsland (Goodreads Author)
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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Prism of the Night: A Biography of Anne Rice by Katherine Ramsland (Plume 1992) (Biography). This is a biography of Anne Rice, best known as a writer of the supernatural; it was written by Katherine Ramsland, who obviously feels a huge affinity for Rice and her writing. Suffice it to say that Ramsland researched her subject exhaustively. This volume combines biographical notes with extensive plot summaries of each of Ms. Rice's books which had been written by the date this biography was original ...more
May 24, 2010 Surreysmum rated it liked it · review of another edition
[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
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
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!
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've loved books since I was 3, and the library was a highlight of my childhood. I've been fortunate to be able to find great joy in what others have written and sometimes to give this to readers. I follow my own muse, because it leads me on interesting adventures. If others benefit, so much the better.More about Katherine Ramsland...