Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (Paperback)
New Directions, 9780811229364, 64pp.
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
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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
Praise For Norma Jeane Baker of Troy…
— 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