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People who have actually done it offer 19 new essays on writing a biography of a writer. Among them are N. John Hall on reviewers, Linda Wagner-Martin on Sylvia Plath, Linda H. Davis on Stephen Crane, Natasha Spender on private and public lives, Eric Jacobs on the authorized biography, and Elizabeth Longford on the biographer as sleuth. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877455530
  • Publisher: University of Iowa Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Pages: 198
  • Product dimensions: 5.63 (w) x 8.75 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on the Contributors
1 A Culture of Biography 1
2 Biography - The 'Scarlet Experiment' 12
3 Those Wonderful Youths and Maidens, My Reviewers 22
4 The Necrophiliac Art? 32
5 Read that Countenance 41
6 Reflections on Writing the Plath Biography 47
7 Problems and Pratfalls of a Literary Biographer 56
8 The Red Room: Stephen Crane and Me 66
9 Discovering Kingsley Amis 80
10 Spinning Straw into Gold 86
11 On Being a Witness 91
12 Private and Public Lives 101
13 Mather, Poe, Houdini 107
14 Breaking In 117
15 Shilling Lives: An Interview 121
16 The Authorized Biographer 130
17 Sharing the Role: The Biographer as Sleuth 137
18 Reflections of a Biographer 146
19 The Biographer's Revenge 149
Notes 167
Related Works 174
Index 177
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