Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (Paperback)

By Anne Carson

New Directions, 9780811229364, 64pp.

Publication Date: February 25, 2020

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (4/30/2019)

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Anne Carson’s new work that reconsiders the stories of two iconic women—Marilyn Monroe and Helen of Troy—from their point of view

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.

Praise For Norma Jeane Baker of Troy

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
— Young Eun Yook

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.
— Anne Carson