Pamela Blevins

Helpful votes received on reviews: 97% (35 of 36)
Location: Brevard, North Carolina USA


Top Reviewer Ranking: 1,353,456 - Total Helpful Votes: 35 of 36
Bitter Fame: A Life of Sylvia Plath (Penguin non-f&hellip by Anne Stevenson
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Anne Stevenson has written a masterful biography of the very difficult and complex Sylvia Plat, but it is more than a biography of Plath, it is a biography of bipolar illness in all its manifestations. As the author myself of a biography of another literary victim of this terrible illness, I credit Ms. Stevenson with her willingness to set before the reader the harsh realities of bipolar illness by letting Plath's own words tell part of the story while allowing others their say. What they say is not necessary what admirers of Plath want to hear but their words describe accurately their reactions to Plath's behaviour and their bewilderment when her actions seemed to have no explanation… Read more
Inner Landscapes Wilder Shores by Anne Boston
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Pamela Blevins (Brevard, NC) I had never heard of Lesley Blanch until a friend in England sent me an early review of Anne Boston's biography. I had to wait some time for it to be available in the US but the wait was worth it. Boston has written a compelling and engaging narrative about a remarkable woman. To me a successful biographer is one who makes his or her subject come alive for a individual who had no prior knowledge or interest in that person. Boston has achieved this goal with her biography of Blanch. The fact that it is unauthorized is a plus. Blanch told her friends not to talk to the author, which tells me that she wanted someone to play by the rules and perhaps perpetuate… Read more
Coles: Music from Behind the Lines ~ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Coles: Music from Behind the Lines ~ BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A casualty of war, 1 Sep 2002
I cannot recall any case that parallels the dramatic and poignant discovery of Cecil Coles (1888-1918), the Scottish composer who vanished without a trace from the musical world despite his friendship with Gustav Holst and the critical acclaim that followed performances of his music prior to the Great War. Like George Butterworth, Frederic Kelly, Ernest Farrar and Denis Browne, Coles died in the Great War but unlike them he had no committed champions to keep his name alive and his music before the public. Now, 84 years after his death, his star is rising thanks to the combined efforts of his daughter, Penny Catherine Coles, who never knew her… Read more