Fabricating Lives: Explorations in American Autobiography

Fabricating Lives: Explorations in American Autobiography

by Herbert Leibowitz, Leibowitz
     
 
This book examines the problem posed by an art where craftiness is hand in glove with craft: after all, a memorist wants us to perceive him in a certain way; how do we penetrate his strategies and subterfuges?

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This book examines the problem posed by an art where craftiness is hand in glove with craft: after all, a memorist wants us to perceive him in a certain way; how do we penetrate his strategies and subterfuges?

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The strategies, stylistic tendencies and inconsistencies of eight autobiographers including Benjamin Franklin, Emma Goldman and Edward Dahlberg are examined. PW called this a ``devastating, witty, incisive portrait gallery. . . . Leibowitz's complex profiles turn up hidden facets of character and relate them to cross-currents of history and culture.'' Photos. (June)
Library Journal
Readers of autobiographies often think that what they read, coming as it does from the horse's mouth, contains the truth of the subject's life. In his scholarly yet compelling analysis of the autobiographies of Ben Franklin, Louis Sullivan, Jane Addams, Emma Goldman, William Carlos Williams, Edward Dahlberg, Richard Wright, and Gertrude Stein, Leibowitz convincingly shows us that the autobiographer is closer to the novelist than to the historian and the genre quicksand to the naive reader. Leibowitz's claims are sound, but the autobiographies should be read first. Only then will it be clear what Carlos Williams meant when he said: ``We always try to hide the secret of our lives from the general stare.''-- Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811211680
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/28/1991
Series:
Paperbook Series
Pages:
1
Product dimensions:
6.02(w) x 8.94(h) x 1.12(d)

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