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Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography
     

Extraordinary Lives: The Art and Craft of American Biography

by William Zinsser, Robert A. Caro, David McCullough, Paul C. Nagel, Richard B. Sewall
 

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Here, six eminent biographers explain the pleasures and problems of their craft of reconstructing other people's lives. The result is a book rich in anecdote and in surprising new information about a variety of famous Americans.

David McCullough takes us along on the exhilarating journey to Missouri to find "The Unexpected Harry Truman."

Richard B. Sewall

Overview

Here, six eminent biographers explain the pleasures and problems of their craft of reconstructing other people's lives. The result is a book rich in anecdote and in surprising new information about a variety of famous Americans.

David McCullough takes us along on the exhilarating journey to Missouri to find "The Unexpected Harry Truman."

Richard B. Sewall describes his twenty-year search for the elusive poet, Emily Dickinson.

Paul C. Nagel tells us about "The Adams Women" - four generations of women he came to admire while writing his earlier biography of the Adams family.

Ronald Steel, author of a much-honored biography of the nation's greatest journalist, recalls in "Living with Walter Lippman," how the life of the biographer can become entwined with that of his subject.

Jean Strouse, on the trail of J. P. Morgan, discusses the fact that "there are two reasons why a man does anything, a good reason and a real reason."

Robert A. Caro reveals the frustrations of trying to unearth the true facts about Lyndon Johnson, a man who went to great pains to conceal them.

Together, these six biographers take us through a gallery of unique American lives - most of them moving, many of them startling, and all of them extraordinary.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780828112062
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
05/01/1986
Pages:
252

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